The sociological imagination is the practice of being able to “think ourselves away” from the familiar routines of our daily lives in order to look at them with fresh, critical eyes. C. Wright Mills, who created the concept and wrote a book about it, defined the sociological imagination as “the vivid awareness of the relationship between experience and the wider society."The sociological imagination is the ability to see things socially and how they interact and influence each other. To have a sociological imagination, a person must be able to pull away from the situation and think from an alternative point of view. This ability is central to one's development of a sociological perspective on the world.