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Presentation of the Profile Self
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Social Psychology
Presentation of Self
Looking-Glass Self
Role Taking

How to Cite

Anderson, Erin. 2017. “Presentation of the Profile Self”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, August. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


This paper has been used in a Social Psychology course during the period of discussion on presentation of self and impression management. Using the free online program Photofeeler (, students are able to post profile pictures of themselves for evaluation by others as well as participate in providing feedback to other program users on...

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Subject Area(s):
Social Psychology
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Class Level(s):
Any Level
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Usage Notes

This paper was created for a 200-level social psychology course entitled Self and Society, although it could be adapted for a variety of courses in which students are learning about the presentation of self, impression management, role taking, or the looking-glass self. After class sessions and reading assignments focusing on Goffman’s theories of...

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of concepts related to the presentation of self and impression management.
  2. Understand how role taking and the looking-glass self influence the behaviors and feelings of individuals as they interact, or prepare to interact, with others.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Students apply these concepts in a paper which includes discussion of their own efforts at impression management based on the creation of images of themselves evaluated by anonymous others. Students also write about the influence of structure and roles in
  2. Students consider the structure of the Photofeeler program, utilize personal notes taken during evaluations, and use feedback from others to write a paper reflecting on how they have evaluated others, how the social setting and structure impact this evalu

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