From our selves, forming several classic concepts that

From the moment we open our eyes until the moment
we go to bed, we go through multiple thought processes; ” what should I wear today?
“Why is this man looking at me”?  All
these thoughts can be attribute back to presentation of self. Humans seek the validity
of others, and how we are viewed. In addition to seeking validity, and
attempting to present our self in the best manner possible, we also assess
other individuals on the way they present them selves. Presentation of self
takes a major part in our lives, as we can learn from Geoffmans readings. Whereby
he discuss ways we mask our selves and enact various roles. In an attempt to
set ourselves in a favorable view to our general audience, that being society. Goffman
dissects in his writing the way we project our selves in presentation to others
and why we express our selves, forming several classic concepts that are well
renowned in sociology today.

Goffman theorizes that a person identity can
fall under description he calls impression management. In other words a persons
identity is not entirely stable but more dependent on that factor of the circumstance.

I whole-heartedly agree with this concept. As it is concept that can be
observed off of many situations. For instance this is a situation I have seen
many times. The attitude of many bus drivers towards customers change based off
a situation, such as being more aggressive at times to riders that seem meek or
harmless, while being apprehensive in their attitude to those with an authoritative
or threatening air to them.  In essence
the bus driver evaluates the person judging them by appearance, gender, and
their general stature. In the film catch me if you can we can see somewhat
similar biases of people evaluating the main character Abangale based off of
his appearance.  Abangale through out the
film exhibits impression management, by his competent communication causes the
people around him to do as he wants with out realizing. As we can see Goffman
referring to in his work (p.25)”Influence this definition by expressing himself
in such a way as to give them the kind of impression that will lead them to act
voluntarily in accordance with his own plan”.


Knowingly or not knowingly when we express
ourselves we do so in two forms. In a term coined by Goffman as expressive
behavior that can be broken down in to, expression given and expression given
off. Which can be translated in simpler terms as what we relay to our audience,
and the way we relay it through our body language, and facial expressions,
usually unintentionally done. In the film catch me if you can the lead Abangale
often we can see uses this methodology. But in a perplexed planned way, with an
aim of deception. Through his boyish good looks and warm friendly demeanor
while requesting his falsified checks, teller after teller given in to his
request with out second guessing him. The confidence in his stance and way of
requesting what he wants, causes his audience the tellers to have no doubts in
the authenticity. All in all most successful scammers run their scams by using
this concept.