The Performance of Self In Everyday Life  [Book Review]

When it comes to work, we all perform, we all wear masks.

Find out why we’re all concerned with managing the impression we make

Here are some key messages from this episode

  • How we manage the way that we are perceived by others
  • How marginalised groups manage the way others see them in the workplace
  • The amorality of impression management and much more

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Here are some key takeaways from this episode

People are motivated to control the impression they make on others

“when an individual appears before others, that individual will have many motivates for trying to control the impression they receive of the situation”

In order to influence others we perform

“Performance is described as “all the activity of an individual which occurs during a period marked by his continuous presence before a particular set of observers””

How you view your performance matters

“Another way to think about it is does our performance act in the best interests of the audience. It’s assumed that we benefit personally but does the audience benefit?”

Here are some resources so you can go deeper

Erving Goffman

The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

My PhD Thesis

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