Symbolic Interactionist

When I first opened to the document, I wasn’t sure what to expect because I have never taken a sociology course before. The document was very interesting and informative, and I learned many new things from just the first chapter! I am not a fan of history in general but I found the history of sociology to be quite informative and attention grabbing. I was able to make some observations about our current society and I also made a few parallels to my own daily life. The section that had the most impact to me was the section on the symbolic interactionist theory.

I find the section on symbolic interactionist interesting because it talks about why people are attached to an object, or person, or color, which is what I love. I enjoy studying people and their behavior, and knowing there is a theory as to why someone has the relationship they do with the objects and people around them is interesting to me.

“If you love books, for example, a symbolic interactionist might propose that you learned that books are good or important in the interactions you had…” (Chapter 1/Intoduction to Sociology. (n.d.). In Sociolgy 2e (p. 18). Houston, TX: Openstax.) I absolutely adore books, but I never thought about when I started to like them or why, I just took it at face value that I like them in general.

I also found this section to have the most impact because “Social scientists who apply symbolic-interactionist thinking look for patterns of interaction between individuals.” (Chapter 1/Intoduction to Sociology. (n.d.). In Sociolgy 2e (p. 18). Houston, TX: Openstax.) I enjoy looking for patterns in the things I watch, see, and do, so I found this statement to be relatable to myself. Overall the whole chapter was involving and I look forward to the rest of the book!