According to study conducted by Rosenburg recognizing the symbolic interactionism lines that is taken up by individuals in the society for playing their roles in the society. The findings indicated that there is no psychotic state that can occur as there is an existence of objective trait. As individuals play their roles and participate in taking up roles, henceforth the roles lead them either towards their success or their failure. The claim of the author within this study in the form of results was that the process of symbolic interactionism has 2 main contributions that it can give to the insanity study in psychology which are to offer a purpose and aim to being treatment and secondly the process provides availability of various therapeutic procedures options.
For most social psychologists, the concept of “self” involved under the theory of symbolic interactionism reflects that even though the individual views gained are results of experience directly formulated by an individual, mostly everything that an individual perceives about the self is taken from what others feel about them as a person. This process is known as process of reflected appraisal according to which an individual looks at himself or herself through the eyes of others. An important role was played by the study of Shrauger and Schoeneman, 1979, wherein it was found that instead of individual conceptions in accordance to what other individuals perceive, the individual conception is filtered by the perception and resemblance of what other individuals think about a particular individual. This was explained by Felson, 1993, in which research program was summarized by him where attempts were made for explaining the reason why individuals cannot accurately judge what other individuals think about them as a person. The findings revealed that there is a better idea in individuals with regard to how other people in the group may advocate them rather than how individuals see them. The focus is on groups not individuals.