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The Making of the Modern Self

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The Making of the Modern Self - Essay Question 1 By the end of the 17th Century, many European thinkers believed that the self was a product of environment and experience: "Different parents, different surroundings, different stimuli will produce different selves." (Roy Porter, Rewriting the self). Discuss this idea in relation to yourself. If you were to write a history of your self-formation, what are some of the influences that you would include? When I think about my own self-formation I feel inclined to lean towards the beliefs of John Locke, who believed in the late 17th Century that "Every person was born with minds that are like white paper or blank slate, to be written upon by life experiences". I am going to look at what I think are the most important influences on my own self-formation, and how I think that they have affected the person I have grown up to be and am today. One of the things that I consider a major influence of my own self-formation is my parents. ...read more.


If my husband and I can maintain but half the values and traditions our own parents have shown us we feel that we wont go far wrong! Probably the most influencing factor on my self-configuration is my gender. The fact that I am female has a big factor on how I dress, I tend to dress in smart casual clothes and feel the most comfortable in jeans or black casual trousers and a nice fashionable top, and I am often told by my husband that I am a "typical female" because I love shopping for clothes and I really love to buy a new pair of shoes or 2! I always like my hair to look nice and go regularly to the hairdressers every 6 to 8 weeks to get it trimmed, and I have it coloured every 4 months or so. Being female also has a big influence on how I feel about my body shape, I feel that there is a lot of pressure on females to look thin and although I do not worry about what other people think about the shape of my body I have been battling with my ...read more.


This was important to me because I had gone to the church since I was young, and vicar of the church knew my family and me personally. I have been involved in the guide movement since I was 7 years old, and being a Brownie, Guide and then a leader in this organisation I am often doing lots of church charity fund raising events, as our unit is attached to the church, they support us and in turn we support them. Obviously there are many other factors and influences that have determined my self-formation, but the ones I have talked about in this essay are the ones that I feel have the most influence on making me, me. In conclusion I believe that it is nurture and not nature that makes us all who we are, I think that we are all born the same, but it is our social interaction with our parents and them with us and our education that sets us on our way to determining the sort of self we turn out to be in adult life. ...read more.

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