Your self image is influenced by your environment. If you think about that statement, you will realize how true it is. Whether you live in an urban area or a suburban territory, your self image is created by your environment. The way you dress and talk has a huge influence on the type of environment you came from. It’s true that your environment doesn’t have to become you. Particularly if you came from an undesirable area. However, we must understand that our self image can be connected to our environment.
The company you keep usually determines what kind of life path you will take. Therefore, affecting your self image. Birds of a feather will always flock together. When I was a younger man, I wanted to hangout with “the boys”. Many of you know that when you hang out with the boys, you do what the boys do. You bare the fruit of the seeds that are sown.
Take a look over your life. It doesn’t matter if you experienced a rough life or a smooth one. The point is, your environment had something to do with shaping your self image. We live in a society where ideals are promoted and socially accepted. If you are not in agreement with those ideals, then you are socially rejected. Some of those ideals can include dressing in the latest fashion. Other ideals can include living a certain lifestyle. We all want to have an image that is acceptable with our peers whether we want to admit it or not. So our peers make up a part of our environment.
In conclusion, your self image is influenced by your environment. I read in a book that a man is the sum total of what he thinks, reads and does. Who he surrounds himself with is also a factor. The bible says as a man thinketh, so is he. If you hang out with good guys you’ll probably be a good guy. If you hang out with bad guys, you’ll probably be a bad guy. We are, in some way, a reflection of our environment.