CIS 110-014 Self Perception

CIS 110-014 Self Perception - 1 Independency Running Head...

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1 Independency Running Head: THE PROGRESSION TO INDEPENDENCY The Progression to Independency Relating to Self-Perception David (Luke) Smith University of Kentucky
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2 One’s self perception is very malleable over a given amount of time. If given enough time one can change anything. Having mentioned that, over my life span I have changed drastically and with that my self-perception has as well. The picture displayed is my family and I, at our old home in Michigan. I am the little boy to the right of my mother. I was six-years old when that picture was taken. Back then I had glasses; I was shy and very needy. Now I am eighteen and my view of myself, the world and life has changed. My self-concept and self-esteem have changed. In turn, the way I perceive myself now, as independent, is much different than as a child when I viewed myself as a dependent. When I was a young boy my self-perception was not necessarily bad, just naive and different. I was clearly dependent on my family. It is obvious to see from the picture that I was so dependent that my mother dressed me. So having that in mind, I thought of
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3 Independency myself as weak. I viewed myself as weak not because of physical attributes but because I needed my parents for every little thing. When I was young, everyday tasks seemed hard to me. In effect, my parents were always helping me. They taught me how to do simple things because I was so ignorant. Additionally, I would always have problems reading so my parents read for me. Being inexperienced and dependent on my parents to teach me and read to me made me realize how simple minded I was. Limp Bizkit wrote, “Life is a lesson, you’ll learn it when you’re through.” (Bizkit, 2010, lyrics.com) I knew hardly anything being young, so I was constantly trying to learn. In turn, I perceived myself as unwise or dumb.
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4 Having a Self-concept of dependent, weak, and dumb is not necessarily something to be proud of, but that was my perception. Consequently, my self-esteem was low. Since my self-esteem was low I was not very outgoing. I was the shyest little kid. I can still remember way back to my first day of kindergarten. I entered with, my twin brother, Jake, and my mom. Perceiving myself as a dependent made me want to
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2012 for the course CIS 014 taught by Professor Brandifrisby during the Fall '11 term at Kentucky.

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CIS 110-014 Self Perception - 1 Independency Running Head...

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