Many individuals will encounter different experiences which can shape their identity. With many experiences in a life time can come with many identities. Our identity is made up of characteristics that make us who we are as a person. It is a sense of one’s self which is influenced by our physical environment, family, social groups and even our upbringing. These experiences can determine a person’s image of identity in society, of whether they’re seen as a good or bad person.
If the service user wears a headscarf due to his religion or grow a beard, he should be respected and cared for according to his faith or religion. Food ordering should be ordered and cared for according to the service users' choice. The care plan of a client is very important aspect of his care as this shows if the clients like to socialized the way he is engaged with others. These policies and procedures are implemented so that religious, cultural background and social factors are respected and well practiced within a health and social care setting. There are also some social factors to be considered with some of the service users, as they would always require their preferences and likes for their wellbeing by socializing with people according to their status or being provided with services according to their wishes, thereby keeping their identity of the personality, educational background and cultural heritance.
Gretel’s culture is what she was brought up with, her religion, her race, the way she looks and the way she acts around others. Gretel was clearly influenced by her culture because she easily came to accept it. Growing in an environment where hating Jews was a rule and was considered “normal” is what caused her to follow her culture. She was raised to follow her culture, and being surrounded by Ralf, her dad who is an SS Commandant, and well as her teacher Herr Liszt contributed to her identity as well. Another character which supports my idea that culture is an important factor in shaping an individual's identity is Ralf - the father of Gretel and Bruno.
051.3.1. Explain how people from different backgrounds may use and/or interpret communication methods in different ways. Backgrounds are a person’s education, experience, and social/ economics circumstances. Experiences and understanding of the world, the words we use and how we use them is influenced by your culture. In this sense, communication is very dependent on backgrounds, such as all about our origins: geographic, religion, social, economic, education, etc.
One of the central issues of psychology is identity and the way individuals shape their identities for themselves. People live in different regions all around the globe and are consequently exposed to a distinct type of culture, religion, education, family values and media. These influences instill certain rigid values in people from birth, which configures their self-concept and the way they perceive other individuals in the society they interact with. In many Western societies, the importance of personal achievement and glory are inculcated in people from early childhood. Hazel Markus and Shinobu Kitayama (1991) observed in a study that the culture in the North America values an identity that is focused on individual motivations, attributes and goals.
Identity is influenced by many factors, with some more obvious then others. Gender and ethnicity are the most obvious traits to recognize, which leads other contributing factors to be overlooked, for example, culture. Culture plays a large role in each person’s identity but because it cannot be seen when just looking at an individual it goes unnoticed. There are two essays that demonstrate the influence and role culture has on identity; “Dude Looks like a Lady” by Kathy Wilson, and “F-Word” by Firoozh Dumas. The cultural influence a person is surrounded by plays a large role in the development of their identity.
Further to this, it is also shown how an individual’s culture can affect the views of another’s, and how these can combine to create an understanding between their different belief systems. Further to these aspects, it can still be realised that culture does have a dominant contributing factor to one’s life and how they perceive things around them, and also how they respond to certain situations. The true definition of culture remains highly generalised and ambiguous as it can only be accurately defined by the individual, due to each person having different interpretations of what it means for them personally. Culture exists in the actions and beliefs of various individuals and is the product of human thought, but despite this, its true role in life can vary significantly. Disher explores this idea of mixed culture in numerous ways throughout his text, which can be seen even in the simple Japanese tradition Sadako implements in making ‘soy sauce’.
We have timeless needs for social bonding, loyalty, security and acceptance from the social issues and research centre (SIRC). These have been with us since the Stone Age and throughout our history we have created social networks to keep in with these needs. While in the past sense of belonging was more rigidly defined in terms of traditional markers of social identity such as class or religion. We are now able to select from a wide range of groups, communities, brands and lifestyles those with which we wish to align ourselves and which shapes our social identities. 65% of respondents saw friendships as being an essential part of their sense of belonging according to the SIRC.
They found 164 definitions of what the term ‘culture’ could mean. We can look at culture as having numerous elements consisting of values, norms, beliefs, ideas, language, tradition, symbols, history and tools of social order by passing down particular ways of behaviour in certain situations. Therefore it is a shared set of rules for behaviour, for what is right or wrong, or for what is desirable or undesirable. These values start from the day we are born from family around us, continuing to influence us throughout our life by means of religion, education, the state and economic system to name a few. Culture is what we learn and share socially, allowing us to relate with one another.
These days, independence is taught to everyone, everywhere, and it seems like it might be heading towards causing a major problem in society. There has been a lot of controversy going around about independence and whether it is too emphasized in our world. It has been taught to be a sign of maturity, but it really should be taught that “we need to be mature and unselfish enough to recognize our interdependence.” It is true that excessive dependence can be a sign of weakness instead of maturity but excessive independence can be a sign of isolation. Even though independence can sometimes make you feel empowered, sometimes it’s over used in the hope of feeling even more empowered. For example, if you are in a relationship and you are overly independent, it can push the other person away or make them feel less important to the relationship.