Socializing the Individual Vocab

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  1. Personality
    the sum total of behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, and values that are characteristic of an individual
  2. Heredity
    the transmission of genetic characteristics from parents to children
  3. Instinct
    an unchanging, biologically inherited behavior pattern
  4. Aptitude
    a capacity to learn a particular skill or acquire a particular body of knoledge
  5. Feral Children
    wild or untamed children
  6. Socialization
    the interactive process through which people learn the basic skills, values, beliefs, and behavior patterns of a society
  7. Looking-glass self
    refers to the interactive process by which we develop an image of ourselves based on how we imagine we appear to others
  8. Role-taking
    Taking on the role of others which allows us to anticipate what others expect of us
  9. Significant others
    we internalized the expectations of the people closest to us (parents, spouses, etc.)
  10. Generalized Other
    Friends, etc.
  11. I
    unsocialized self
  12. me
    socialized self
  13. Agents of Socialization
    the specific individuals, groups, and institutions that enable socialization to take place
  14. Peer Group
    Primary group composed of individuals of roughly equal age and similar social characteristics
  15. Mass Media
    instruments of communication that reach large audiences with no personal contact between those sending the information and those rceiving it
  16. Total Institution
    a setting in which people are isolated from the rest of society for a set period of time and are subject to tight control
  17. Resocialization
    a break with past experiences and the learning of new values and norms
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