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Application of the symbolic interactionism concepts facilitates the process of comprehending human interactions within their immediate environment (Stryker 56).
The entire concept of symbolic interactionism is comprised of some main elements of communication which explicitly define every part of human interaction processes within their immediate environment. Symbolic interactionism asserts that human communication of guided by three principles that lead to the establishment of the end result in communication, which is the conveyance of the message being communicated. The first principle involves the development of meaning in an interaction context. This principle asserts that the activities and reactions of humans towards other in the society during an interaction process are centered on the meaning they accord to those people. The second principle entails the aspect of language employed during interaction exercises. Language enables an individual to convey meaning through actions and symbols. The last principle of this concept is the though process. Thought during interactions adjusts and modifies an individual’s interpretation of symbols and actions during communication (Stryker 62).
According to the works of the two theorists, this theory acknowledges the fact that human interactions in terms of interpreting and formulating meanings of messages is directly related to the individual’s immediate environment. In this regard, human interaction is best understood by the activities elicited by the nature of their social context. In addition, the communication techniques employed by an individual in a given social setting serves to create the image and social content of an individual within that social context. In this regard, these theorists assert that the immediate context of a social interaction determines the language, meaning and thoughts employed by the subjects participating in the actual interaction (Stryker 78).
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