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Reflection Paper On Social Self

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Self Reflection Paper On The Social Self within One’s Social Structure Velu Raju Oct 23, 2017 “Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.”-The Buddha (1) Describe the structural features of your network and explain why they are what they are (e.g., you have many more weak ties than strong ones). Growing up in India, I was raised with a strong devotion to the immediate family and an emphasis on conforming to the societal norms. Deviations from the collective norms of the society were frowned upon and sometimes resulted in social ostracism. When I realized that I was gay, I was faced with the harsh reality that I might be rejected by the society and treated as a pariah by my parents, family, friends and peers. I still shudder at the thought of the gripping fear of abandonment I felt and the countless nightmares that followed. Coming-out as a gay man made me reevaluate all my existing relationships which had primarily been built based on social conventions. I literally had to destroy, in my mind, the foundation of every relationship that I had built until then. I decided I cannot take for granted any relationship that I had; be it family, friends or colleagues. I took the opportunity to build a new foundation for all of my relationships. I resolved that all my new relationships shall all be built on respect, integrity and complete honesty. I reassured myself that “People who care don’t mind and people who mind don’t
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