The Power Of Context : Bernie Goetz And The Rise And Fall Of New York City Crime

1633 Words Oct 25th, 2016 7 Pages
A popular question asked to people is “Who are you?” There are hundreds of answers to this question because that answer depends on the individual’s overall attitude and qualities. The “self” is a person 's essential being that distinguishes the person from others, and the object of introspection or reflexive action. Many factors affect the reason as to why individuals answer the question of how they describe themselves the way they do. One individual could say that the environment and key factors from his environment are reasons how he describes himself. Others could say that their past and psychological experiences are key in defining who they are; on the other hand, some would say people’s self-esteem impact them either in a positive or narcissistic way. Malcolm Gladwell, author of the essay “The Power of Context: Bernie Goetz and the Rise and fall of New York City Crime”, believes that small details in the environment trigger a person to act irrationally towards others. Gladwell emphasizes his claim that by using big concept terms such as the “Power of Context”, “Fundamental Auribution Error”, and “Broken Windows Theory” to illustrate how the environment cultivates an individual’s action and “self”. On the other hand, Martha Stout, author of the essay, “When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning, it was Friday”, reasons that one’s past, psychological traumatic events and experiences shape people to act a certain way when these events trigger their present life. Jean Twenge, author of…

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