Having a Sense of Being Different Makes It Hard to Belong

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Having a sense of being different makes it hard to belong

Belonging to a new environment can be hard sometimes, where the individual feel and see the difference between them and others. It is often easy to belong at a young age but gets harder as the age increase due to the harsh self-consciousness of adults and fear that hinders them from attempting to fit in. whereas children tend to communicate and respond more willingly, makes it easier for them to feel belonged and surrounded. One’s self concept about themselves could lead to them isolating themselves from the society. This may sometimes be not the case and the individuals themselves could be blinded by their harsh self - assessments.

The difficulty in belonging is usually internal to the individual. More often in a new migrant situation, the individuals insist on communicating and associating with the new environment. As with many other first time experiences, for many people it requires a great deal of courage and self - confidence in order to attempt to fit in. Therefore many avoid the opportunities open to them to practise the art of communication and participation.

As Lion Low in “Growing up Asian in Australia” explains his strong Malaysian accent in English let him down and blocked all his attempts to blend in with the groups. He was conscious about the differences in his accent which initiated “a barrage of questions” such as “Where are you from?” and “How long have you been here?” The loss of self- concept at teenage years can be challenging as they will be going through other problems of growing up to deal with. These added problems can make it difficult for the teenager and can lead to loss of self- confidence.

Everyone is different, but people still make groups and find similarities to feel belonged. Some people think and feel like they are different when they could be the...
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