Look Both Way Essay

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Identity is never static, it changes endlessly Our identity formation is a developmental stage. It changes endlessly with what we perceive and what we experience. Despite of the physical identities that we are born with, there is no inherent cognitive identity. It is what we experience at different stages of life define who we are. When we are little, our identity is built up by inborn factors including family and inherent culture. Gradually as we grow up, the identities that we bring from home is challenged by the community we join in. It then comes to exploring our identity, whilst we search for some distinctiveness on our initiative. Therefore our identity endlessly changes according to what we are exposed to. We genetically inherent parents’ appearance, but psychologically we are born as “tabula rasa”. That is, epistemologically, we are “blank slates” when we are born; there is no inborn built-in mental content. It is who and what we are confronted with after birth determine our identities Fundamentally, familial background and upbringing imprint on our identity. Childhood is a stage in which anything can significantly affect and leave a trail on us. Having spent most of the time with our family when we are young, we are greatly influenced by the mindsets, perspectives that parents have. In a traditional Chinese family, confucius thoughts of being constantly modest are taught throughout youth. At school, I prefer to maintain silence, not only verbally, but also through my behaviour. Every time I receive an “excellence” in various subjects, sitting at the same corner, I would cover myself with a mild smile and lower my head whilst all other Australians proudly held their head up and walk to the front. Being brought up with the very same traditions that my parents grew up with, I was encouraged to be grounded on the face of success, and then aim higher.

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