Role of Socialization in Forming a Personality
Human is often characterized as a social animal, and it is to a great extent true. Human as a human can only exist among other humans; being deprived of communication with the representatives of his species, he ceases to become a man in a full meaning of this word.
Human is the only being, known to us, that almost completely lacks instinctive behavior. If a puppy is taken from its mother, he would still grow up to be a dog; the same goes for cats, wolves, cows and any other animals, but not human. If a human child is taken from the society before he starts to talk and is given to some animals to raise, he will grow up with the psychology of these animals, without knowing anything about being a man.
Socialization is a key for creating a person. Without communication with other people a human loses his human qualities. That is why it plays such an important role in the life of society – to subject a person to the proper socialization means creating a new personality in a way that would make it possible for this man to exist within the society.
Socialization plays especially important role at the early age; to the extent that a child who is not talked to enough during the first years of his life may be having certain problems with further development. It means that this matter should be treated with great attention, for, perhaps, the whole life of the person may be determined by the way he underwent socialization in his early childhood. And we shouldn’t forget that everything that happens in the beginning of life influences it in its entirety.