Definition of Looking-glass Self
(noun) An individual’s conception of how they appear to others.
Looking-glass Self Pronunciation
Syllabification: look·ing glass self
- American English – /lUk-ing-glAs sElf/
- British English – /lUk-ing-glahs sElf/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈlʊkɪŋ-glæs sɛlf/
- British English – /ˈlʊkɪŋglɑːs sɛlf/
- Plural: looking-glass selves
- Term coined by Charles Horton Cooley (1864–1929).
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “looking-glass self.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 3, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/looking-glass-self/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
looking-glass self. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/looking-glass-self/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “looking-glass self.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 3, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/looking-glass-self/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“looking-glass self.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 3 Oct. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/looking-glass-self/>.