You Can Be Anything You Want to Be: How Self-Image Effects Quality of Life

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You Can Be Anything We Want You to Be It is a known fact that one’s physiology and sociology affects one’s psychology, but there are many different factors that lead to different outcomes. The way one appears to others and self-image has a major role in the way one behaves, as well as the greatest factor the quality of one’s life (e.g., Economic status, community, (slums or suburbs) and nationality). I believe that the stereotypes society puts on individuals are the biggest role in one’s psychology, basically people say “I am going to behave the way I am because I am expected to behave like this.” Body image has been defined as the unconscious mental representation of one’s own body. It evolves gradually and reflects interactive forces exerted by sensory (e.g., visual, auditory, and kinesthetic), interpersonal (e.g., attitudinal), environmental (e.g., physical conditions), and temporal factors. Stereotypes, with its impact on physical appearance, functional capabilities, experience of pain, and social roles, is believed to alter, even distort, one’s body image and self-concept. People, for whatever reason play into social stereotypes unconsciously. Women fell they must be thin and pretty and dress the way media tells them they should dress, all the way to young African American men feel they must be like the way society thinks they are.(e.g. In gangs, dress in urban ware, and act out in crime). One’s self-concept and self-identity are linked to body image and are often seen as conscious, social derivatives of it. However, self-concept and self-identity may be disagreeing for many individuals. The sense of self, or self-identity, which is privately owned and outwardly represented, may be denied in social interactions wit... ... middle of paper ... we see gang members being beaten by there own people to become a part of the gang, and they all know if they do not “do the right thing” and lie to police to protect their own they will be beaten or even killed. That is a pretty big incentive to maintain quality of life. So many people of a group feel the need to act out with crime, and take care of their own people so they can stay alive and consequently be happier and have a better quality of life. The greatest contributor to self-esteem are the people and community in which one lives. Feeling as one is a part of a group and fitting-in is the greatest wish of any school aged individual, and most of these individuals would do anything to get that feeling even if it is a negative choice or illegal. This is done because the peers surrounding the individual expected them to partake in a certain behavior.

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