As I sit down to write this post, I find this discussion topic to be rather diff

As I sit down to write this post, I find this discussion topic to be rather difficult. It truly forces one to be introspective, something that I realize I do not do very often. Initially, what came to mind is that I am a woman and a wife. However, this saddened me because I am much more than just my gender and marital status. Having lived through the traumatic experience of having an alcoholic father, it truly shaped me into the person I am today. Knowing I did not want a life like his, I worked hard to become a Dental Hygienist and am now finishing my degree at the University of Guelph. Although growing up in this household was difficult, it allowed me to develop the self-concept traits of being hardworking, patient, and adaptable.

Some positive self-illusions I often demonstrate are the self-serving beliefs of unrealistic optimism and perceived control. Unsurprisingly, negative experiences were frequent in my childhood, and I lived through them. I often find myself believing that things aren’t really as bad as they could be, and because I lived through such negative experiences, only positive experiences are more likely to occur now. Similarly, growing up in a household of unpredictability caused me to create a need for control. I often find myself believing I can control the uncontrollable and create a predictable outcome.

I grew up in a Polish household, and perhaps as a child, I would define myself as being Polish and embracing the traditions that come with the heritage. But now that I am older, and my parents are deceased, I am no longer surrounded by much Polish culture. Instead, I would say that my values are influenced by Canadian culture, and thus, I have a more independent self-construal when it comes to my cultural influences.


Safdar, S. F., Sanderson, C. A., & Sanderson, C. A. (2021). Social psychology. John Wiley & Sons Canada Ltd

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