Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Social, Behavioral & Global Studies


Be yourself. What does that mean? The “self” is a complex phenomenon constructed and deconstructed in various ways to accommodate or complement the social environment one is in. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Self as, “a particular part of your personality or character that is shown in a particular situation” (Merriam-Webster). Many theorist, behaviorist and sociologist continue to capitalize on the role that the external environment such as cultural trends, values and beliefs play in the construction of self. As humans we have the unique ability to adapt and assimilate to the way of living in a new environment as a means of survival. Socialization is essential to thriving as a member in the particular social setting. The goal of my research is to understand the social process discovering the self in a new social setting. Moreover, I seek to understand the ways in which we adapt to social settings and construct our behavior in ways that mirror the culture of the environment