It Can Be Hard to Establish Your Identity When You Feel Different from Those Around You

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It can be hard to establish your identity when you feel different from those around you

A feeling of belonging is obviously a human’s fundamental needs. To establish your identity, you

need to make people affirm and support you as a person you are becoming. However feeling

different from a young child can have rippling effect on the rest of your lives where they can have an

identity crisis because we are constantly reminded of our differences. Those who feel like outsiders

can have feelings of loneliness, isolation and rejection that can make it difficult to establish their

identity. Consequently, through fear of prejudice, we are forced to conform to meet society’s views

on us.
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Racism is a reoccurring theme in Australian society where those who are ‘different’ are treated

as outsiders and left on the margins of society. This form of discrimination can have a powerful

negative impact on a person trying to secure an individual personality because they are constantly

reminded of their differences in appearance, culture, tradition and behavior. The school yard is a

microcosm for the wider society where difference means persecution. Mia Francis lists some of the

name calling her son endured in small country town where a dark skinned Asian was a rarity. The

taunts to the differences in appearance make it tough to create a solid identity because of emotions

such as desolation and segregation. Furthermore for second generation migrant children navigating

between two cultures and languages can be hard to fit in and belong. “If I couldn’t express myself

then who was myself.” 14 year old Simon Tong wonders relating the identity crisis he experience

when his Hong Kong English made no sense to his class mates. He felt a loss of dignity a diminishing

of his very self. His story suggests that without the means of expressing yourself you remain in the

shadows of your adopted country, unable to belong. This illustrates that a judgmental society can

make it hard for someone to achieve a