Sociological imagination, as told by C. Wright Mills, is “the
ability to view one’s society as an outsider would” (Schaefer, 2016, p. 3). For
me, being in college has really allowed me to look past my own personal views
of the world to view different situations as others do. I have learned that we must
have an open mind and be able to look past our own beliefs to expand our knowledge.
For example, in society today obesity, like many other societal issues, is viewed
from many different perspectives. Obesity is a public issue because more and
more Americans are becoming obese each day. Whether it be a family gathering or
simply hanging out with friends, our whole lives revolve around food. Obesity
becomes a personal issue because we are the only ones who can control what we
eat, how much of it that we eat, and how often we exercise to burn off the calories
we consume. Obesity is becoming a big societal problem because the healthiest
food options cost more than unhealthy food options. In return, this results in
more people becoming obese because they can not afford the healthier food
items. Another example of sociological imagination is teen pregnancy. Most
people view teen pregnancy as something that could have been prevented. In a
personal view point, teen pregnancy could have been avoided with the right
contraceptives or abstaining from sex all together. Teen pregnancy becomes a
public issue when more of the younger generations are becoming pregnant, which
could have been caused by rape or other unwanted factors. One of my closest
friends chose to work instead of going to college. Before I took a step back
and looked at this situation from his perspective, I judged him for not wanting
a better education. Before judging him, I wish I would have known about sociological
imagination, because he is actually very successful at what he is doing.
Overall I have learned to overlook my view points and take into an account of
how others view things.


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