What Made Me the Person that I Am?

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"What made me the person I am"

There are several factors, which have contributed immensely to the individual characteristics, which I possess. According to Haralambos and Holborn (1995), socialization is the process by which individuals learn the culture, the guidelines that direct conduct in particular situations (norms) and the values of their society. My family, which was my primary agent of socialization, set the positive foundation for developing my identity during my childhood (although initially I did not realize this purpose). I had mixed emotions as to whether or not it was a fortune or misfortune to be the daughter of a teacher. There were times when I felt like I had too many obligations and that too much was expected of me because I was a "teacher's daughter". I often felt robbed of my childhood and cheated of my happiness, especially when I saw other children my age come home from school - if they went - and play "child-like" games whenever and however long they wanted to.

This was certainly not the case with me because I was often told that I had five sisters and therefore I had very little need to go out and play with other children, I was even designated the hours to play and the hours to spend doing school work.

At school, where I also spent most of my time, I was not able to do some of the things I would have loved to, because the teachers at school knew whose daughter I was. As a result, I was often reminded that I was not to behave in any manner that would deviate from the standard of being a "teacher's child". Being compared to my older siblings seemed unavoidable and it was my duty to ensure that these comparisons were positive...