The best way to understand the social world is to view it as a stage. We are the performers and the audience. The roles we play are based on our many identities. In every performance, we seek validation and social support for our identity. Performances can succeed or fail. Success means increased self-esteem, confidence, and the ability to claim that identity for another day. Failure means embarrassment, loss of face, humiliation, and difficulty sustaining the identity that was most closely associated with the failed performance. Below is a link to my first YouTube video blog entry. I hope you'll enjoy it. If you do, please like the video and share it with your friends.