Socialization is the key process of cultural inheritance, and part of that process is the interpretation of how the natural world fits into the cultural and social world. The vehicle for socialization is enculturation. Enculturation amounts to those educational transmission soundtracks of learning and relearning into the culture of one’s birth. Harry Stack Sullivan said, “what anyone can discover investigating the past is that patterns of tension and energy transformations which make up his living are, to a truly astonishing extent, matters of his education for living in a particular society.” (1953) I was born and raised in a Midwestern state that was mostly caucasian, mainly agricultural, and a somewhat conservative part of the United States. To this day, I carry my NoDak cultural inherited roots inside of me.
The two key environment’s we learn from are: 1.) family structure sets the initial environment to learn about one’s culture, and how to obtain personal skills to satisfy basal needs of security/safety, worth, empowerment, and enjoyment. We learn about basal interpersonal skills to belong, to cooperate, and to connect with other people. For Jacob Azerrad “there are family patterns for good or bad, and they pass through the generations.”(1997) An important key to a quality life is having had quality parenting. A child’s behavior is a reflection of parenting. Parenting sets the foundation for a lot of good or ill that happens in a life. Ineffectual parenting and early deprivation can set the stage for lifelong emotional, psychological, and social problems. Those fortunate enough to be born into a family with caring parents should thank their lucky stars, and 2.) society structure involves cultural and environmental role expectations that come from schools, political systems, churches, governmental agencies, one’s country of birth, , celebrity influences, media influences, sports influences, clubs we belong to, etc..