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Defining Ones Life Defining oneself can be a difficult thing to do There are many reasons why defining oneself may sometimes be positive and sometimes been negative It is sometimes good no matter who you wore to define yourself but sometimes it is not In this essay I intend to look at both reasons why defining oneself is good and bad Society plays a large role in defining oneself Everyone lives in a society of some form Society is a collection of individuals that rely on each other directly or indirectly The majority of people that make up a society determine what that society believes and how it defines the things to that are in it Society defines what people are and people define what society is Everything that is in a society is defined by that society to make sure that everything has its place For example a white person with a shave head and white power tattoos is labeled a skin head by society That is an example of how society labels groups of people Every label comes with a definition Whether or not that definition is accurate makes no difference if it is given by society for there is almost no way of changing a social definition once it has been given When a person grows up in a society they take on the beliefs of that society When a person is labeled by the society that he grows up in he tends to believe in that definition of himself Defining oneself can result in taking on stereotypes Stereotypes are generalizations we make about others Society places others in classes or group categories that we define on the basis of our life experience within the limits of our perception and scope of analysis White people have had generalizations made about them by other races and surprisingly their own race as well For example the Caucasian culture has been stereotyped as
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