George Herbert Mead and the Theory of the Self
Vylius Leonavičius
Published 1998-04-04


George Herbert Mead
Sigmund Freud
Herbert Cooley
William James
John Dewey

How to Cite

Leonavičius V. (1998) “George Herbert Mead and the Theory of the Self”, Sociologija. Mintis ir veiksmas, 2(2), pp. 136-146. doi: 10.15388/SocMintVei.1998.2.6764.


Mead’s theory defines the individual as a rational and an active being. While at the time Freud’s influence was substantial, the notion of the unconscious plays a limited role in Mead's discussion of the rational ‘me’ or the ego. Most often the unconscious refers to social action that is not thought of consciously. The main object of Mead's analysis is the self and its bases in the social interaction.

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