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Self‐Text Assignment A Personal Investigation of Myself: Who am I and Why? When I look in the mirror, I often wonder who I am. More importantly I wonder why I am the person looking back at myself at that very moment in time. Everyone wonders those same questions when reflecting on who they are as an individual. Culture, environment, and experience greatly influence and mold who and why people become what they are, and this process is always occurring and changing people from day to day. I believe it is hard for anyone to realize who they are without deep reflection. The process of ideological deconstruction can be utilized to begin a personal investigation to find the inner true beliefs and begin a path to open‐mindedness. During my personal path of ideological deconstruction, I discovered certain characteristics of how I act and think and reflected on why those characteristics are part of me. First of all, I would identify myself by my gender as a female. Females in the United States are stereotyped as kind, gentle, non‐threatening, weak, and less intelligent by some. I believe that some of those characteristics define me and have defined me at times by others or myself. Being kind and gentle is something that I aim to achieve with other people. I try to carefully listen to their feelings and help them when they are in need. Others have seen me as weak and not threatening, and I find myself believing it at times. My friends tell me I am weak and that I would not be able to defend myself if needed. Also as a result of looking and being non‐threatening, I have had many different people approach me in many instances where I feel like they would not approach or talk to another threatening individual. In addition, I have been viewed as less intelligent by boys in my high school class. For example, two boys in my class said the only reason why I made top grades in math was not because of my skill but because I did my homework when they did not. Later my teacher helped me realize that I was just as capable as them to succeed at math. My strong identification with gender is a result of social norms and relationships. Social norms of the United States gave me a list of qualities that I must fit into in order to be a ‘normal’ girl. Trying to fit into the culture of my peers, I adapted the qualities I listed to fit in with my friends of the same gender. I learned this through the process of socialization when I learned the social norms of being female in my culture. It gave us common ground qualities where we could communicate and strengthen the values given to us by society. Even before the qualities were influenced by peer relationships, the relationship with my parents provided me with early social norms of being female. I learned little girls wear dresses to look pretty, do not fight with others, and take care of others. Having the characteristics I have from identifying with my gender, I believe have influenced my decision to become an occupational therapist and help others to learn skills to return to daily life functioning.
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