Sincerity: Feelings and Constructions in Making a Self

  • Maury Silver
  • John Sabini
Part of the Springer Series in Social Psychology book series (SSSOC)


Once a student complimented one of us on a lecture—pointing out several of its virtues, but at the same time mentioning further insights we might have provided but didn’t quite—and also how the lecture fit so well with his career interests. A dramaturgic, social constructivist, perspective might offer this analysis: The dear undergraduate had made use of social conventions in presenting himself as an attentive, committed, discerning example of the student type. He had constructed a self out of these objective, shared materials. But, by laying it on too thick, he had not only failed to present himself as an attentive student but instead wound up looking like a toady. Still, questions remain: Was the compliment in fact sincere? Did it represent his real self? Was he an inept con man or an inept but attentive, committed, discerning student?


Social Constructivist Career Interest Commonsense Notion Attentive Student Sexual Impulse 
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  • Maury Silver
  • John Sabini

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