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The earlier we are able to find our true selves the more enjoyable our lives will be Building on this notion it is essential that adolescents have exposure to a diverse world and it is the responsibility of the elder generations to instruct the younger population on how to examine life experiences and construct themselves on who they are without external encouragement Donald Barthelme expresses this image in the 1912 production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with the quote We are what we have been told about ourselves We are the sum of the messages we have received The true messages The false messages There is an infinite amount of methods we use to obtain an identity that isnt truly our own in particular social programming family imposed distortions and self-deception It is only human nature to use social programming as the most influential entity therefore we tend to compose ourselves as what society outlines as a seamless picture-perfect self Often its the medias snapshot of a model who has been edited an immeasurable amount or its the peer-inflicted swagger of which you are programmed to carry yourself Unfortunately a vast majority of the restrain we encounter on the journey to becoming our genuine selves is from the ones closest to us our family A common misconception teenagers have about who they are in fact does come from family imposed distortion however not deliberately In their youth children are labeled and more often than not taking this label and tattooing it to themselves throughout their juvenile lives A familys misrepresentations can certainly have a positive effect on an individual yet these misrepresentations hinder ones journey to finding self-authenticityThe utmost arduous grueling stage of uncovering the masks of who you are strictly comes from within Possessing the innate ability to expose yourself to the world and in fact become vulnerable to uncomfortable situations is
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