Not belonging is the greatest fear for most but some people thrive when they are alone but others drive themselves crazy being alone. The experience of being an outsider isn't universal due to varying amounts of psychological strength people possess. When it comes to the idea of being an outsider that is all that it is an idea that is placed in your mind by others or yourself causing some to feel left out but others to flourish. Often people that are outsiders all they want is to be able to conform to society often losing who they are in the process. There are people though that don’t want to belong they believe that what makes them different really just makes them stronger and that they don’t need a mold to fit into because they make their
I would argue that a person can make an effort, even if they live in a sheltered community, to expand oneself and get to know those who have different backgrounds or lives than they do. This could be as simple as talking to a person of the opposite gender about a recent issue
Identity is socioculturally constructed. Erving Goffman, a famous sociologist, argues that in fact, there is no true self, and our ideas of who we are as individuals are constructed by our surroundings. Bonny Norton, a professor who studies identity, argues that there is a difference between between “social identity” and “culture identity” and that, as much as society and culture has an influence on individuals, you yourself do as well. Whatever we may believe, when we think of our own identity nationality, ethnicity, occupation or societal role may be the first few that come to mind. All these categories are artificial.
Although identities can be beneficial, group member’s often look for negative parts of an out-group in order to make themselves look better. Identities can also create issues such as prejudice and racism. By looking at it from an anthropological viewpoint, we can see how when a person comes into a place where they do not share the same identity it can cause an uproar and judgement. People from the majority identity will look for reasons and force the outcast to be looked down upon. Having an identity can help in a child’s well-being, it can allow them to feel as though they belong.
“What can we do to accept one another through our differences?” Being different from one another is a positive thing because it gives us something unique or special, unlike a world that is full of boredom. In the book “The Chrysalids,” by John Wyndham, people who are identified as abnormal or have deviations are symbolized by the image of the devil. Therefore, they are either killed or abandoned at birth because of their abnormality that people disapprove of. The intolerance that people show in the story and the actions David displays against it reveals the definition of being human. Intolerance should not be permitted.
Identity can be a powerful tool by which we see and judge our environment. In many cases, we often remain unaware of how our identity, chosen by us or not, influence how we intersect with our environment, as well as how deeply we analyze it. It is important not only to assess our own identity and how it may change the way we see things, but also to extend our knowledge and perception to work and groups that share our identity and perspective, as well as oppose it, or simply look through a variety of different lenses to examine their environment. Only in this way can we truly decipher who we are, how we identify with the world around us, and how this identity is affecting the way we view things. Both of the chosen works addresses significant
Putting a label on someone is something done everyday. This is something that comes automatically. In this novel, it shows how a young black man has to change the way he presents himself to keep himself safe because he feel fears as he walks and crosses streets, as well as enter buildings. Being a young black man in the 1970’s was not a pleasant one, nor is it pleasant today. Being judged and categorized happens everywhere at any time.
I recognized that merely because they are different, doesn't mean I must treat them differently. This realization taught me to both notice and look past people's differences. Unlike my former self, I welcomed them and created personal bonds. It didn't matter if they were five or fifty, autistic or physically-impaired, or athletic or non-competitive; no matter the circumstances, we became friends. If it's talking about baseball or discussing our favorite movies, I discovered we all shared something in
It is also very important to be able to know when you need to seek any sort of help because even though people really try to tough it out, going through their emotions and venting to someone is very beneficial. If someone is going through a really tough time do not judge them or try to belittle them. They might be going through something deeper than what the surface