Aperson appearing in front of a group or an individual usuallytriggers mental perception on those audience and this will remain forlong on their minds. What is usually seen is the way a persondresses, talks, walks and view others. Therefore the first perceptionis what is important and a person ought to do the best and lookperfect upon development of first appearance. The impact caused toindividuals will always be used to judge that perosn and it isdifficult to change.
Theexpressiveness involves giving and giving off. Giving expressionsimplies use of verbal symbols or verbal substitutes to present theinformation where one is known to attach to such symbols and is aform of traditional communication (Goffman, 1959). Giving offinvolves a lot of actions which are treated by others as symptomaticof an actor and that the action was done for other reasons instead ofthe conveyed messege. It is done intentionally to presentmisinformation whereby giving involves deceit while the giving offimnloves feigning. In this case, by taking giving and giving offcommunication by a person in broad and narrow sense one will realisethat a peron in present of other people will have his activitypromissiory. Other audience may find out that they need to acceptthis perosn in good faith by giving him a just welcome (Goffman,1959).
Ininteraction and performances, the audience and performers are thecommon parties. The actors brings out the impressions which reflectthemselves and motiivate others to accept their definition. If thispreffered definition is discredited, the actors may pretend thatnothing has been altered if they find out that this strategy isbeneficial. For instance, the person who attend a dinner and isfinding hard to present himself positively, the party goers may assithim to maintain face and pretend not to see the fumble (Goffman,1959).The accepted definitions of an individual later will have animperative, moral character since it tells other people what theyshould do or ought to do. If these definitions are violated and notacted accordingly, a problem will arise. As a result people willdevise defensive mechanisms to protect such definitions and bringdown the violating actions which took place. In essence people try toreconcile discrepancies from their actions and social impressionsdesired to be given off.
Goffman,E. (1959). ThePresentation of self in everyday life. Anchor Books.