Dr. John Lamberton, Clinical Sociologist
Putting Sociology to Work

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY


SOCIALIZATION

Proprietary Lecture Notes

 

Social Interaction is absolutely necessary for proper biological, psychological and social development.  SOCIALIZATION is a critical process for becoming fully human and for functioning in society.  Socialization is a life-long process.

By fully understanding the components of the Dyad, we can begin to understand the full impact of Socialization on every aspect of human development.  Socialization is much more than a process of cognitively learning the essence of culture: the subculture of the family and the more dominant culture in which the family exists.  Socialization occurs through explicit instruction, conditioning and innovation and role modeling. In practice, these modes are usually blended.  Interacting with friends and family, being told to obey rules, being rewarded for doing chores, and being taught how to behave in public places are all examples of socialization that enable a person to function within his or her culture.

Socialization occurs continually, on a daily basis, throughout the life span from birth to death.  In many ways, socialization involves different social experiences that contribute to the same outcome: human development.  From the moment of birth, infants begin neural coding coding their social experiences in their brain in order to understand their reality.  During the latter stage of life, adults are still coding their social experience in order to understand and function in their social reality.  Neglect, or the absence of healthy social interaction, affects coding in such a way that it may alter perceptions about social reality.   

Please watch the following video on The Science of Neglect Fear, neglect, severe neglect, abuse and isolation may severely retard optimal social development.  Fear, neglect, abuse or isolation can often result in a lack of normative healthy social interaction which may negatively impact social development.  Please watch the video entitled MEAN GIRLS concerning the impact of negative social interaction among peers at school.  

Please watch the following videos on the effects of isolation on social development.

       (1) Nature versus Nurtue

       (2) ISOLATION

       (3) GENIE: FERAL CHILD

       (4) FERAL CHILDREN

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