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Reflective Paper

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  • on June 9, 2012
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The Many Pieces of Me
Sadira M. Brown
PSY 202
Instructor Gallagher
May 28, 2012

The Many Pieces of Me
There are so many pieces to a puzzle.   When that puzzle is completed you see the picture in its entirety.   I am too like a puzzle, having many pieces to me.   Unlike a puzzle I am not yet completed.   I am still adding pieces to the puzzle I call my life.   In this reflective paper I will share some of the pieces of my life that have come together thus far, by using the information obtained in my adult and development class.   I also want to share my future aspirations.
I was born the youngest of six children.   My parents had five girls, and one boy.   The oldest of the six were a set of identical twins.   There was a twenty years age difference between those two and myself.   When I was born, the twins were already out of the house.   My brother enlisted in the Army, and my sister lived with her husband.   From that point on, it was just my parents and a house full of girls.
I grew up in a not so close family.   My mother was 40 when she had me, and she practically let my sisters raise me.   She interjected only when it was needed.   I hated that with a passion.   It made me feel inferior.   We each have an image of “who we are,” our self-concept, or identity. (Witt and Mossler, 2010, Chp.1-2)   The image that I had of myself was not good.   I felt that I was never going to be good enough.   When my sisters disciplined me, they made me feel like I was nothing.   I believed them, and I saw myself as nothing.   Consciously or otherwise, people evaluate their own self-concepts.   That is, we may or may not like how we look or act, our ethnicity, intelligence, skills, or socioeconomic status.   This evaluative process is called self-esteem, a judgment about our self-concept. (Witt and Mossler, 2010 Chp.1-2)   My self-esteem was warped from all the emotional and verbal abuse.   The relationship that I had with my sisters left me with trust issues, especially from other females....

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