Socialization outcomes are indisputably crucial for our choices and the overall quality of life.
Socialization is the process, by which we acquire knowledge, skills and character, that enable us to participate in a social life: to learn what we need to learn in order to integrate into a given social context, to form satisfying relations and to develop our potentials. In particular, the process of socialization aims at implementing the developmental skills along with the development of self concept, self regulation and appropriate social roles.
The proper acquisition of the developmental skills are vitally important, as these are the emotional and cognitive skills that enable us to function (successfully) in society.
The most “exciting” part of this process is that it purely depends on the expectations of the so-called socializing agents in the surrounding society.
Who are these socializing agents that ‘’inspire’’ our self-concepts?
Undoubtedly, the main forces are Parents and the First Teachers, followed by Religion, Culture, Employer, Government, Friends and Media, that come into play later on.
In a nutshell, these who principally influence our socialization process are: Family, School, Community, Peer Group and Media.
Family, school and peer group can be considered as primary forces of socialization process, while community and media – accompanying or concomitant.
Apparently, these all are the mediums to blame or to thank for who we are, as they appear to be the core contributors to the essential outcomes of our socialization:
our values, attitudes, motives and attributions, self-esteem, self regulation, morals and gender rules.
Although we can’t really choose the primary forces of socialization, we are capable of taking control over concomitant influential forces, that come into play at a later stage.
In case we hesitate about the worth of values have been already acquired or induced during our initial socialization process, we can simply choose further socialization mediums ourselves – and now dependable on our own insight.