San Diego Figure Skating Communications
Understanding Causes and Effects
In some social circles it is fashionable to pigeon hole an individual's behavior by using stereotypical personality classifications such as Type A and B. However, it not that simple since many individuals may display different types of behavior depending on what group they are attempting to join or impress.
Guilt or Acceptance by Association
A person's image depends on how the groups, they have joined, are viewed by nonmembers. Members of fringe or controversial groups may hold a wide spectrum of unpopular beliefs and values that may even be considered subversive, radical, cultist, offensive, or dangerous.
Joining some groups, organizations, and clubs are widely accepted as being important in establishing business contacts and opportunities for networking. A prestigious college or university is also considered a stepping stone for those with political ambitions by participating in student government, joining a fraternity or sorority, professional society, political committee, and/or by participating in elite sports and the dean's list leading to internships, becoming a Rhodes Scholar, Nobel Prize nominee, etc.
Influences on Behavior
Everyone is subjected to conscious and subconscious inputs from the temporary and permanent environments in which they reside. Every change in the structure of our social, economic, and the family units makes a considerable difference in how we react to and interact with others.
Usually it is within the immediate family structure that we display our worst behavior, perhaps because we feel less inhibited in front of family compared to friends/peers outside outside the family unit and whom we interact with in school, church, jobs, and social situations.
Note: Unfortunately the consumption of drugs and large amounts of alcohol can substantially
lower the level of inhibitions that normally prevent us from initiating or being involved in unacceptable and out of character behavior.
Personality changes, ranging from subtle to extreme, can occur as a result of:
First we need to be able to observe multiple examples of behavior to put these situations into context of total behavior. With this information as a base, it is possible to assess if a specific incidence is an aberration or part of a pattern.
childhood help to form psychological goals and determine if
unmet emotional needs carry over into adulthood. The assumption that
their best to achieve or to reach personal goals in all areas of their
life is not necessarily true. Some individual may not be totally able
to accomplish to their
satisfaction for every goal. Others may be so discouraged that they
completely give up pursuing their hopes, dreams, and ambitions.
The key to understanding a
person's behavior is to find the connection between their behavior and
The perception of relationships within
various social, educational, or economic
groups can vary depending on the value the individual places on these
relationships. The following list provided is only a partial example of
group environments we daily interact with:
Generally people desire establishing
positive, and rewarding relationships within their family and peer
Unfortunately some who live in a perennially dysfunctional family unit
also are in denial about the negative behavior caused by individuals
to whom they are related. In many cases they are unwilling to
acknowledge the need for professional counseling. In more extreme cases
a restraining order may be needed for protection of someone who has
displayed to a propensity for violence.
The following guidelines are based on the previous examples. We hope that this information can help you understand how to view patterns of behavior with a different perspective:
Most children experience various behavioral change as they grow and pass through various physical, mental, emotional, and social stages on the way to achieving adulthood. Understanding the stages of growth plays a helpful role in parenting, medical treatment and everyday life.
In order to truly understand the growth process, it is necessary to separate the process into two distinctive human growth stages:
The effect of participation in sports on personality and behavior can vary widely depending on the perception by the individual of their status in the family, school, and various peer groups. Some talented athletes have a hard time maintaining perspective and their egos may cause them to feel that rules do not apply to them.
Our society and cultural norms affect a child's development of their personality and behavior at each stage of physical and mental development. Each society has different belief systems that affect self image that govern how boys and girls interact in play and later in social situations. These beliefs influence how children dress, the emphasis on learning, and skill set development by gender.
In some societies adolescence is regarded as a time of preparation for becoming an adult. An emphasis is placed on acquiring skills in logic and problem solving, plus being able to demonstrate increased levels of responsibility. Depending on their technological development, societies may have a distinctive difference in their view of adolescence. In some it is not viewed as being separate from adulthood, but as the start of contributing serious labor to provide income to the family and for girls to be come married. Their are cultures that require a bride price that is paid to the bride's parents, Others require a dower, which is real property (money, livestock, etc.) which the bride brings to the marriage. Some cultures may require both a dowry and a bride price.
The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:
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