Archetypes of Socializing
Reflecting on our understanding of socializing.
What do we generally think of when we say socializing? We think of talking and interacting with one another. But what is it that we are really doing from a broader, more objective angle? The answer is in the definition:
1. mix socially with others. (this is what we generally think of)
2. make someone behave in a way that is acceptable to their society. (this is what we are actually doing)
Now think of the second definition in terms of macro and micro. This is important because as soon as we think of socializing from the perspective of being a governing/control mechanism the perspective becomes reluctant to light up on the micro end of the spectrum. Every word we speak to another person has the inevitable ability to influence them toward or away from one’s perspective, which can be called their personal society. Now we can modify the second definition to fit a micro perspective of socializing:
2. make someone behave in a way that is acceptable to their perspective.
This is not to negate the former second definition, but to shed light on both macro and micro perspectives of the word. And being that the micro perspective is the one that effects us at a higher frequency, it seems to be more relevant to our general understanding. Much of this may seem obvious but the point is to make it more conscious.
note: Macro and Micro are always reversible due to relativity and perspective. The governing/control mechanism perspective could be considered micro and the other macro.
There is also a flip side to this. It does apply to one’s self as well. We are the programmers of our own minds, though we demonstrate little awareness of this fact. We may put something out there and if we receive affirming responses, that something will make it’s way into the more permanent seats of our perception of reality, even if we know that we influenced the response to our wishes through incentives or other tactics.
Now for the fun part.
Everyday self reflection with the micro understanding of socializing being an independent marketing campaign to spread your perspective to others and/or to influence/affirm your own. And remember… Self image is the opposition to self reflection. Enjoy!