The Psychology of Self Awareness

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Children are born into this world unknowing. It is up to their parents to raise them and teach them right from wrong. As children, grow they often pick up their parents values, morals, and attitudes. Often when children get into middle school, they begin to be more individualistic. During this time, children often follow their friends and give into peer pressure. It is through this testing of the waters, that children began to formulate their own opinions and attitudes based upon their own life experiences.


For me, growing up, many of these topics were never really discussed formally. Health for me, I have always seen as referring to just physical health, not mentally or emotionally. As I have gotten older, I have begun to incorporate mental and emotional health into my overall definition of health. As a child, I never really gave it much thought; however, as I turned 18, my view began to change somewhat.

My father had a triple heart bypass surgery at age 41. By age 43, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and pretty much told he had ten years to live. After, open heart surgery, he was diagnosed with diabetes. My father had never been a smoker or a drinker, but he is an eater. To this day, my dad still eats pretty much whatever he wants, when he wants. His doctors have told him that he needs to change his lifestyle and eat better, but he still eats dozens of twinkies, cheeseburgers, and junk food. Good health, proper nutrition, and healthy eating are concepts that I have had to learn on my own. I still have problems with these concepts now.

Chronic Illness

I see my father's condition as a chronic illness. From my parents, I have learned that these topics,