Chapter 1 & 2 Reflection
2. What is a negative label that has been given to you in your life? How has that label affected your self-concept? How has this label affected the way you communicate with others?
3. Is it your ethical responsibility to be careful of the labels you give others and adapt your communication to accommodate others? Why or Why not?
1. Positive labels are always given to me most of the time, but on of my favorites would have to be "optimistic". Even though I struggle with my own feelings on the inside I never really let them bring me down, I always try to leave those problems and emotions out of my personal connections with those who are close to me in my life. In chapter 2 we talk about self awareness or self perception of others/yourself, and I've always found myself to be very self aware of my actions and choices. I think it's great to have a great self image of yourself, and how others view you. If I didn't have such an optimistic attitude I don't think I would have the close relationships that I do now. Sometimes, I do go through moments where I need alone time and space to just think to myself and come back to reality for a second. There was a moment where I wasn't communicating how I was feeling to my best friend and I had completely shut her off, which caused her to drop me as a friend for six months, that's half a year. Ever since then, If I have had something to say I would voice it out face-to-face and my feelings would be more easier to understand to her and family members.
2. I don't think I can really consider this negative but it could be viewed as negative for some people, but I've been labeled as "emotional". Because I tend to be overemotional, as I briefly discussed in answer 1, I tend to shut people out very easily and it's not a healthy way to communicate. Because of this, I find it sometimes harder to express myself through words in face-to-face communication but I still get the job done.
3. I strongly believe that it is my ethical responsibility to be careful of the labels i give others and adapt my communication, in chapter 1 we also talked about work ethics, and so this can be strongly applied because out of respect you don't want to disrespect anyone due to gender, race, religion, etc. It's a matter of understanding through communication too and voicing out what could be offensive for people and what can't, I've been in situations where I've had to "correct" people for being insensitive or being full on ignorant. I feel as long as we're voicing those out we can slowly respect each other.