My Own Sense of Cultural Conditioning
What is cultural conditioning? It is the social process in which authority figures such as parents, professors, politicians, religious leaders, peers, and the media defines our cultural values, beliefs, ethical systems, and ultimately the way we perceive ourselves in the world. It can prevent critical thinking. A person who has not been exposed to other cultures or lifestyles might assume that their culture way of being is the only “right” way, and that anything that is not like their own is interpreted as strange, absurd, or even a threat. Essentially, they may become judgmental and perceive their way of being “the right way”. As expected, this leads to baseless conclusions and biases against other ways of being. Once they are rationalized in the established mind, it can lead to all types of societal phobia’s that can cause harm to a great number of people. This world is varied, which makes it a complex habitat to live in. We are individually nurtured in our own specific culture and must adapt to our environment; following our traits and roots which eventually creates the person we become in society. We can avoid cultural conditioning by being humble and grasp the reality that there are other ways of “being”. Respecting peoples’ beliefs, ideas and viewpoints and remaining with a fair mind will be a great way to overcome this challenging issue. Molinarez
When asked if I personally been conditioned by sex-role expectations, I can honestly say “No I have not”. I was the youngest of six children being raised in a “broken home”, by a single independent Hispanic woman, in a Housing Authority complex. My mother did everything she was taught to do and still was divorced. She continues to follow her heritage and beliefs stating “we need to follow our culture and upbringings to have a happy home”. In the Puerto Rican Hispanic culture, women are taught to cook at a very early age and are told, “This is what...
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