Professor George Mead from the University of Chicago taught philosophy and was a social constructionist.
It was Professor Mead who came up with the concepts within symbolic interactionism but never put the actual theory down in print. It was a Herbert Blumer who was an advocate of Mead which devised the actual theory of symbolic interactionism. There are three core principles of symbolic interactionism: meaning, language, and thinking. “These premises lead to conclusions about the creation of a person’s self and socialization into the larger society,” (A First Look at Communication Theory, Griffin 55). Griffin also states that, “words we use have default assumptions,” (A First Look at Communication Theory 57).
A great example of a word that we use which has a default assumption is shown within the movie Beauty and the Beast regarding the Beast himself.