SOCIAL WORK: SELF-REFLECTION 5
Mostpeople achieve a unique personality from friends only when theyencounter an adverse situation in life. That is the time andindividual become aware of themselves, who they desire to become,achievements they want to make, and their capabilities (Vernon,2016). In Maslow’s language, this is self-actualization, and itrepresents the individual’s growth towards the fulfillment of hisor her all-level needs (Savova & Stoyanova, 2012). Personally, Iexperienced the moment of self-actualization and decided to be asocial worker. Self-realization leads to the culmination of thefulfillment of the “being values” as per individual’s needsirrespective of other people’s opinions.
HowI Identify Myself
Personally,I see myself as a person who has endured a lot due to my familybackground. To say a little, I grew up in a low class black Americancommunity. Consequently, my personal identity as a black American hassubjected me to hardships including poor lifestyle and sometimesmistreatment. Also, my gender as a male defining my social identitysince it is the base of my behaviors or interaction with people(Siakel, 2014). For instance, I am expected to take up the hard tasksat home as a male child and join other men for weekend basketballgames. The friends I interact with especially those who we grew uptogether influence my collective identity (Siakel, 2014). Similarly,my team at work defines who I am since we share common behaviors.Finally, I tend to be lightweight ever since in lower classes.Consequently, my friends mock me every time I request joining therugby team. My weight and slim appearance have affected my stigmaidentity greatly.
Reasonfor Choosing Social Work
Ilive in a poor community where the majorities are low-income earners.Consequently, people in my community lack basic needs and amenitiesimportant for survival (Siakel, 2014). Also, my neighborhoods haveincreased cases of HIV infections due to the prostitution in the lasttwo decades. Due to this, there are a large number of orphans leftwith their grandparents. I see these issues as social problems thatcause suffering to the people (Oh, 2015). Therefore, I chose socialwork to help the suffering and vulnerable under the leadership of apowerful humanitarian organization.
Perceptionof other People about My Decision
Ireceived mixed reactions from people in response to my decision ofbecoming a social worker. My parent’s perception was that I hadmade a good decision especially when I informed them that I wouldwork on my estate. Similarly, some of my close friends thought it isa bold decision to pledge my services to my community. However, thereare others friends who thought I lost track and made a wrongdecision. To some, I would have chosen to be a banker, InformationTechnology officer or a businessperson where I can have a betterlife.
WhatThey Are Saying About My Choice
Althoughmy parents and siblings believe I made a good choice, some of myrelatives and friends feel I should have made a better life in someother careers. For instance, the oldest uncle asked why I did nochoose electrical engineering, yet I scored the highest in sciencesand mathematics.
MyFeeling When I Hear the Perception Close To My Profession
Althoughthe decision to become a social worker was mine, I felt safe careerwise when I consulted the regional Community Resources manager in hisoffice. He thanked me for making my decision to help the communityand pledged his support. As a result, I was happy and felt encouragedto move on with the career.
Inbrief, the greatest achievement one can make is to achieveself-realization and develop a career and professional goalsaccording to personal needs and desires. Also, while some communitymembers may discourage us in the choices we make, others can supportus to achieve. Therefore, the two groups are important since theyenable us to know if we have made the right choice in achievingself-realization.
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