Meaning of DEFINITION OF THE SITUATION

Meaning of DEFINITION OF THE SITUATION:

What a person believes, feels, thinks, or imagines to be so, and which therefore frames and influences his or her conduct. This is known as the Thomas theorem after the American sociologist W.I. Thomas (one of the founders of symbolic interactionism) when stated as follows: If people “define situations as real, they are real in their consequences” (Thomas and Thomas 1928, 572).