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Expectations and Perceptions on Different Stages of Human Life

Expectations and Perceptions on Different Stages of Human Life

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Expectations and Perceptions on Different Stages of Human Life
By Cyrill TanFrom the moment we were born to the moment we grow old and to the time we die,the society seem to have built a system which we are supposed to abide with. With theexpectations varying from one society to another, I think that independence is a commonground in all societies. How does the society expect human beings to behave from infancy toold age? What are different perceptions on each?An infant is generally perceived by the society as helpless. Without the help of others, itwont survive. They need to be nursed and taken care of all the time. We expect them to donothing but constantly ask for our assistance on various things. They constantly cry and haventmastered the art of communication. Human beings are born to this world helpless anddependent on others.As they enter childhood, almost nothing has changed. They are still generally perceivedas dependent on older members of the family, most especially their parents. Little by little, theyare trained to be independent. Schooling begins and they are expected to learn to be citizensand be taught values and societal norms that they must follow. This is also the beginning of their training to interact with other members of the societythose outside their home.Adolescence is when behaviors are expected to change abruptly. Adolescent humanbeings are expected to behave in manners that might give the people around them a clue to
what they would turn out in the future. They start to have opinions on their own. Their trainingto be independent, in my opinion, is rather successful as they normally find comfort in spacesoutside their home. They no longer want to spend much time with their families and insteadspend a lot of time with friends and peers. They are also perceived to be subject to a lot of peerpressure and become vulnerable to many vices like drinking, smoking and others. Thisrebellious spirit is a common perception of the adolescent human beings in the society,commonly referred to as the youth.Early adulthood of ages 20-30 is a crucial stage in a human beings life as this is thebeginning of his search for what he wants to become. This is the stage where one would finishcollege and enter a career path. This would either make or break his life. Human beings of thisage group are normally expected to be career-driven and generally optimistic about their lives.Marriage and raising a family may be at its start in these ages as well.Medial adulthood of ages 31-40 is a result of the toiling or its lacking on the previousyears. If one was successful in the career he chose, then it would be reflected in about thistime. Optimism vanishes for those who didnt make it. I think it would be clear on humanbeings of this age group that a hierarchy in the society exists and that the part theyre playing(way up or at the bottom) and they part they might be playing in the future becomes clearerand clearer for them.Late adulthood of ages 41-50 is a group where people are expected generally to raise agood family by sending them to good schools and making sure that their future is secured. If 

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