Socializing the Individual

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Personality Development

Personality is the sum total of behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, and values that are characteristic of an individual. Our personality traits determine how we adjust to our environment and how we react in specific situations. Each individual has their own personality.

THE SOCIAL LIFE

At birth, humans cannot walk, talk, feed themselves, or protect themselves from harm. They know nothing about the norms of society. The interactive process through which people learn the basic skills, values, beliefs, and behavior patterns of a society is called socialization.

AGENTS OF SOCIALIZATION

Sociologist use the term agents of socialization to describe the specific individuals, groups, and institutions that enable socialization to take place.