The Effect People in Society Have on an Individual’s View of Themself

By Sofia Nelson

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Sociology examines how humans’ actions and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures. No matter how much people try to deny it, society has an affect on how they act and think of themselves.


The real questions, however, are Why do humans care so much about what other people think? and Why do some people choose to be deviant?


Everybody wants to be admired. If not romantically, then through business, a boss or a coach. Society makes a big deal about appearances and being better than the person next to you. Human beings want to have something to prove - it is what makes people work harder to become better versions of themselves.


Of course, there is also the chance of someone not liking you, making it all you ever think about. Obsessing over perfection is common with all genders, and it is something burned in humans from a young age, even though they may not realize it.


Parents tell their kids to be presentable in public and act a certain way so that they do not embarrass themselves or cause people to stare. The small things are what add up to make a big difference in the minds of the population.


Kids who go against societal norms are sometimes labeled as deviant. Being different has been a controversial aspect from the very beginning of time. Basically, you want to be the same as everyone else, but at the same time, you are glad you possess unique qualities.


Thankfully, there are people who do not mind being different and happily embrace it. Unfortunately, society then attacks them for their willingness to be their eccentric selves.


People do not like change, and that is why people who are “different” have been outcasted for so long.


Society puts these close-minded ideas into people’s heads, and they accept them because they do not know any better. Those people, or “puppets” better yet, have been told to think this way and feel that way, but they never sit back and think about what they are actually doing.


Life goes on, and they just tell themselves “It has always been this way” or “Society will never change,” but maybe that is because they have never tried changing it themselves. Maybe people these days have accepted the fact that society is stuck in its stubborn, bigoted ways.


Where can it go from here?


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