If we begin to observe our surrounding and analyze the interactions that take place we can see that actions and social actions are very distinct. If we take for example the lines that form when we are all waiting for coffee in the morning we can notice that whether or not there is a sign that is telling us to line up we do it, it’s a rule of thumb we know that if we form a line we will be next to receive what we came to get, a means-end situation. This is an example of an action. If we take this same scenario of forming a line to receive something like groceries what can make this into a social action is if a person who has been standing in line lets an elderly person in front of them. If we look at this from the process of Verstehen then we can ask why this person let the elderly go first. They were in line it is common sense that if you stand in a line then you should be the next person to go up. Verstehen is the understanding of a social action, they motives behind an action is not always clear when an interaction occurs like the one mention were a person changes the norm of an action like standing in line by letting someone else take their place.