Culture and Socialisation: the Building Blocks of Our Identity
With the ideas that what behaviours we learn as young children being vital in the development of our identity, we must also look at how we are taught to express our emotions and the acceptable ways we must conduct ourselves in society. Without a basic understanding of what behaviours are accepted and communicating our feelings in the correct manner, we cannot properly relate to others.
When the proper socialisation techniques are employed from a child they are more easily integrated into our community and are quite capable of self-expression. However, if they are not equipped with the right tools it becomes harder for them to communicate on a satisfactory level with others. This may lead to rejection from social groups and because we reflect on how we assume other perceive us, we to tend interpret negative thoughts of ourselves. This can lead to low self-esteem and anti-social behaviour. “Who we are is always being reflected back to us – like a mirror image – by other people, and we come to dwell in the mind of others.” (Sociology: The Basics, Ken Plummer 2010, p. 22).
It is also found through socialisation and in some instances, our culture, we also begin to express ourselves through our appearance. Culture has a rather