posted on Apr, 5 2015 @ 05:46 AM
Do you believe your parents did the best job they knew how to do?
Think about that carefully. The question is not asking whether your parents/guardians were objectively good at their role but rather - if you consider
the tools available, experience gained and knowledge acquired by them at their time of parenthood - if they did the best job they knew how. I feel we
underestimate environmental factors as well as the existence (or absence) of decent role models in people's lives when judging them.
Remember, we all have unique subjective experiences that we cannot relay directly to others. Something that seemed innocent for some might be viewed
as traumatic or highly stressful for others. The way we think and organise information is very likely to vary greatly among individuals. It can take
just one significant trigger to set us off for the better or for worse.
It is not a new discovery that environmental factors during childhood/adolescence can have a massive impact on the way we turn out as adults. It is,
albeit, a highly important consideration that many seem to forget. We also often overlook the existence or absence of certain role models during our
maturation into adulthood.
I know some would say that Role Models are not so important. After all, if role models are too influential then mirroring/moulding somebody to be like
somebody else is a possibility; uniqueness and individuality are harmed in the process.
Nevertheless, the benefits of having decent role models cannot be overstated, nor can the detriment of having bad role models during your development
as a human being.
What are YOUR views on the importance of Role Models and how they affect one's development?