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Select a childhood game and analyze it in terms of how it reflects core American values. In order to best answer this question, you need to consider and outline what are some core values of US culture? Then, explain specifically how the game you have selected reflects some of these values. Which of these values do you embrace? Which do you reject? A childhood game that I enjoyed playing with my family was Scabble. I think if reflects core American values and of US culture, because it is a good way to boost your English vocabulary skills, enjoy time together as a family, and promote family friendly competition. For me English was my second language, so as I child this definitely helped with my vocabulary and learning synonyms and antonyms. The values I embraced with playing Scrabble was having total family engagement without TV, iPhone, and computers. I do not necessarily reject these core values. Family time is very important to me. 2. Select two of the following categories and describe and discuss some of the social norms in the U.S. which pertain to them: a) Personal appearance: This norm governs how we should look in public. For example, my father has tattoos and some people do not like the appearance of tattoos. They may perceive them as off-putting, however as an artist I think they are an expression of yourself. My father is also a very smart and successful businessman. My grandfather has very long black hair, he has often been criticized for his style choice. People don't understand that he grows it and has donated it to charities for wigs. b) General attitudes: c) Gestures and communication: d) Greetings: I have always believed in being kind to people and how just a smile can brighten up someone's day, but as I got older, I realize that for some people eye contact and saying hello may be difficult. It is not that they are rude, it just may be harder for them. My mother is very extroverted and can talk to people and conversation comes very easy for her, but she has always recognized and raised me to give a smile when I can but said its ok if I cannot always engage in a super friendly manner. I am always kind and considerate and try to always give a friendly smile. What might be the consequence of breaking one of the norms you have identified? For instance, if I decided to wear a swimsuit to an interview for a job at a bank, I will break a norm of personal appearance and there likely will be certain consequences. What is the purpose of social norms and why are we inclined to condemn the social norms of other cultures when they differ from our own?
I understand how wearing a bathing suit to an interview for a banking position may result in not getting hired. I think that we still as a society need to maintain a level of professionalism and that uniforms are still ok in certain situations, but adjustments need to be made to change with the times. An example is that US Postal Workers now wear shorts on warn days and that jeans can be worn in a business environment on certain days. Identify and describe Erikson's stages of development as each applies to your own personality formation. How did success at one stage prepare you for meeting the next challenge? As you moved through your childhood and adolescence, how did the relative importance of your family, school, peers, and the mass media as agents of socialization change? How would you account for these changes? Erickson's stages of development are known as infancy, toddler, preschool age and school age. Infancy is described as basic trust vs. mistrust, toddler is described as autonomy vs. shame and doubt, preschool age is described as initiative vs. guilt, and school age is described as industry vs. inferiority. Erickson's stages give us a way of seeing development through someone's lifespan. After graduating from high school, the life lessons I learned from my teachers and friends helped me get ready for college and to try and do my best and always ask for help. My parents have helped me through school, finding a job, personal life and through thick and thin. Describe the biological and psychological changes that accompany aging, as well as the role of cultural factors in determining how aging is defined in any given society. What can be done to reduce our society's anti-elderly bias? I think our society can reduce our anti-elderly bias by not discounting their ability to work, contribute to society and continue to add value. My great-grandparents are 98 years old and just two years ago my great-grandfather installed a new mailbox in his home of 75 years. He did not graduate college but has more knowledge than most humans I know.
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