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Body and identity are constructions

Body and identity

The body is foundational

 

Body and identity are personally and socially constructed. For Horton Cooley (1902/1922) selfhood is the result of three elements: 1) The imagination of our appearance to others; 2) Our imagination people’s judgment of our appearance; 3) The feeling that might arise from that, such as pride or mortification. He believed our body scheme was flexible and constantly being reshaped by our experiences and by the imagined effect of our reflection upon another’s mind. It is not necessary for others to actively judge our appearance. Only our assumption of others engaging in judgmental attitude towards our appearance could affect our sense of self and body image.

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