The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

Erving Goffman wrote one unique book. The cover quote sums it up rather well, “One of the most trenchant contributions to social psychology in this generation” – American Journal of Sociology.

Goffman really breaks down that voice in our heads that makes so many decisions for us everyday. How do we walk when entering a room. How much we trust a group-member when making a presentation. How do we act when meeting someone for the first time. These little decisions that happen so many times a day are vital to our interactions and usually go quite unaddressed. Goffman however pulls these from backstage and into the limelight and makes the point that we are all performing.

A very interesting book for anyone who deals with people on a regular basis…