Social conditioning

conditioning people through imposing beliefs


Social conditioning is the process which everyone is subjected to to some degree which relies on the imposition of certain beliefs considered necessary to live and to function in socety. Social conditioning starts with our earliest memories and continues throughout life. Central to social conditioning is conditioning individuals to accept and submit to authority.,

Influences from parents and family

Part of social conditioning is the relationship between parents and their children. Children are influenced heavily by the social situation and circumstances of their parents which in early childhood influences the development of the Life Path. Parents try to teach their children the necessary skills and knowledge which they feel will be beneficial to their children and also a sense of values. Parents also often try to influence the worldview and perspective of their children which may or may not be successful. Mujch of this is dependent on the culture of the family and the relationships which develop between parents and their children. Siblings and other family members such as grandparents and other distant relatives can also influence children.


Education is another important part of social conditioning where people are taught to think and are taught information and knowledge in various subjects such as language, mathematics, sciences, history, geography and other subjects. Education is also a process where people are trained in conformity and where individuality, creativity and questioning authority is discouraged and often punished. Through grading and testing children are taught that knowledge and belief are important and it is often assumed that experience will become important later in life.

Broadcasting and media

Broadcasting and media play an important role in social conditioning, especially television and, increasing, information technology through computers and mobile devices. Broadcasting and media play an especially important role because they rely on epicultural means (epi means on top of, so epicultural means 'above' cultural) through which many people can be reached and influenced.

Authority figures

Authority figures, such as the State, government, religious figures, media personalities, employers, and even characters in popular culture can also exert an influence on what people believe and think.

Social interaction

Social interaction, friends and peers are also a part of social conditioning because it is through such conbtact that ideas, beliefs and experiences are exchanged and we can adopt different beliefs, attitudes and traits from others. As social interaction is a part of work this group also includes work colleagues and people you have regular contact with in work.

Cultural awareness

Through social conditioning we develop cultural awareness as culture is a part of language and social interaction, and creates what are known as social processes which determine the outcome of a social encounter. Our cultural awareness is based on our unique and individual perspective on life which is developed by the outcomes of our communication and interaction with others which is an important influence on behaviour and attitudes.

While social condiitoning teaches the necessary awareness that knowledge of self is gained through others it also shifts the emphasis away from human individuality and in many cases the value of individual human experience. It can also often shift the emphasis away from living in the present to focussing on the future and is also the process which separates the natural self to a more conditioned social self to become part of a system based on authority.

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