The Most Important Factors That Define Who I Am Essay

1724 Words Feb 14th, 2015 7 Pages
My culture is one of the biggest and most important factors that define who I am. I am who I am for many reasons but the main reason that I am Lida is because of my upbringing and where I come from. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, culture is “ the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time.” Culture is a very broad term, but in the Armenian community or race, it is the way you are supposed to live your life and the things you can or cannot do. There are certain rules and roles one has to take to make their families proud and to not bring shame to them and their family name. With that said, I strongly believe that because of my culture, I am more sensitive to the generalized other and the looking glass self. “All the world 's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances (William Shakespeare; As you Like It).” This quote from William Shakespeare relates to what George Herbert Mead says about the generalized other. According to Mead, the generalized other “refers to an individual 's recognition that other members of their society hold specific values and expectations about behavior (Monnier, 2011).” As people part of a specific community or society, and in my case culture, there are certain expectations that people have from us. In order to fulfill these expectations we take on specific roles and in a way become actors. This is what Mead proposes and he uses the four stages of…

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