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How does the concept of the dialogical self impact our daily conversations?

The dialogical self is the mind's ability to imagine the different positions of participants in an internal dialogue in close connections with external dialogue. This theory weaves together two conecpts: self and dialogue to understand interconnections of self and society. How does this theory impact sociology, psychology, and the way we communicate in general? This ability comes natural to me and also reminds me of self vs. different subject positions in our culture. #psychology #marketing #research #communications #sociology #public-relations #business-intelligence #personality

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Hagen’s Answer

Hello Liana,
This is a pretty abstract question and not necessarily one which comes up in our daily work conversations ;-) however, I was a philosophy and sociology major at Berkeley and still contemplate these matters regularly. I just read On Intelligence which is a theory of intelligence advanced by Jeff Hawkins in 2004. It describes the mind as a pattern matching algorithm. Interestingly enough the mind appears to work the opposite of what I imagined. The brain matches and anticipates the sensory input of our environment such that it tends to ignore that input unless it is unanticipated or novel. The anticipated representation our brains construct is the product of our upbringing which includes the internalization of our society's language, concepts and values. Therefore, we cannot interact with society without first being immersed in society. We tend to habituate or automate the predictable and routine such as driving so we can focus on the interesting and engaging. Therefore, your interconnections with society tend to be the top of a pyramid the base of which is built up of habituated and internalized practices which you take for granted. There's nothing wrong with that - it's how things work and it frees you up to consider topics such as the one you've posed here.

Hegel was the 'dialectic guy' so I tend to read Hegel into your question. I am not familiar with "dialogical" selfs. If I missed the target you can improve my aim by explaining what you mean in more detail.



Hi Hagen. Thanks so much for your answer! I appreciate it. What you said was really interesting and helpful! You didn't miss the target and I'm glad other people are interested in these topics. The complex wiring of the human mind is cool. Liana S.

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Alex’s Answer

Hi there!

I do not know the specifics of the theory, however, it sounds like it is interconnected with other psychology and sociology theories. I'm sure you can do more research too. In my opinion, it's so important to have the level of awareness you have and understanding that not everyone has that awareness.