Symbolic interactionism is a theory which is based on how humans define the interaction between their:
- realities and
- social interactions
Humans create self idenitity based on their interactions and experiances with others. (Armstrong, 2007).
Armstrong (2007) claims the three basic principles of symbolic interactionism are:
"a) Humans act toward thing/experiences on the basis of the meaning those things/experience have for them.
b) The source of the meanings for thing/experiences are derived from or arises out of soial interaction with others and
c) The meanins of things/experiences are handled in an modified through an interpretive process used by the individual in dealing with the things he/she encounters." (Armstrong, 2007).
Armstrong, K. L. (2007). Self, situations, and sport consumption: An exploratory study of symbolic interactionism. Journal of Sport and Behavior, 30(2), 111-129