The human species has always been a social being. We have depended on other people for pure survival in the earliest of times and now it has become a necessity in context of our social needs. But is it still a necessity? Do we still need other people to constantly feed our social life and to confirm our identity? And if we do, how come people with social anxiety are contrary to this belief? How much does other people affect our own existence? Can you only create an identity dependent on the confirmation of other people, or is it possible to stand on your own without social contact and still accomplish the same? To answer these questions we have chosen case studies as our research method. We have chosen a variety of different cases, that helps us to immerse ourselves into the subject, all with different perspectives on the matter. One shows us how the group affect the individual to follow the group’s opinion. The second shows us that most people feels a certain meaninglessness, when they are excluded from the group and the last case is about a subject who is isolated from the group and that suffers some degree of social anxiety. The last case shows us that the lack of social community often leads to lonesomeness and identity crisis. After an analysis of the three given case studies we conclude that social relations plays a vital part in identity development. We need other people to confirm how we are and what our identity consists of. That being said it has also come to our attention that everyone has some sort of core identity that is consistent over time and that does not need the confirmation of others. Later on we conclude that it is hard living isolated from other people. One case confirms this when the subject ends up suffering from loneliness and depression due to isolation from other people. The subject ends up losing a part of his identity which confirms our hypothesis that emphasize the importance of social relationships in correlation with identity development.
|Uddannelser||Basis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis|
|Udgivelsesdato||18 dec. 2014|
- Richard Jenkins
- Anthony Giddens
- Kvale og Brinkmann