After reading the following case scenario, explain how the following theories have the potential to impact Carl Fleischer. If you were Carl’s case manager or social worker, it would be necessary for you to be aware of indicators and risk factors that could impact his future. Being aware of risk factors is different than “judging” someone or “stereotyping” them to have a particular outcome in life. Being aware simply means that you are cognizant of possible outcomes due to significant indicators.
a). What is the Looking Glass Theory? (Cooley)
b). How could this theory relate to Carl?
c). What is Success Identity vs Failure Identity? (Glasser)
d). How could the concept of “love and worth” in this theory relate to Carl?
e). After reading both articles in Module 7, how you would describe/explain Carl’s self-esteem?
f). Name at least two ways that you would redirect Carl’s negative self-talk.
“Carl Fleischer is a 17-year-old and is sent to the social worker’s office at the high school. He matter-of-factly shares that he is “an underachiever.” He used to get an occasional B in his classes, but now it’s mostly C’s with an occasional D.
When Carl is asked what he likes to do in his spare time, he replies, “I get high and play Xbox.” Further probing elicits one-word answers until the social worker asks Carl about relationships. His face contorts as he slaps his ample belly: “I’m not exactly a sex symbol. According to my doctor, I’m a fatso. He says normal boys my age and height weigh at least 50 pounds less than I do. He also tells me to quit smoking and get some exercise. Whatever. My mom says I’m big-boned. She says my dad was the same way. I wouldn’t know. I never met the scumbag. He left when my mom was pregnant. But you probably don’t want to hear about that.”
Carl won’t say more on that topic, but with more prodding, he finally talks about his job, delivering pizzas two nights a week and on the weekends. “So, if you need pizzas, call me at Antonio’s. I always bring pies home for my mom on Tuesday and Friday nights. She works late those nights and so we usually eat pizza and catch the Tuesday and Friday night lineups on TV. She lets me smoke in the house—cigarettes, not weed. Although I have gotten high in the house a couple times. Anyway, I am not what you would call popular. I am just a fat, slow geek and a pizza guy. But there are some heads who come into Antonio’s. I exchange pies for dope. Works out pretty well: They get the munchies, and the pies keep me in with the heads!”.
(Hutchison, E., (2017)Essentials of Human Behavior, 2nded. Los Angeles: Sage.
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