SOCIALIZATION AND THE SELF
The infant enters this world as a selfish little organism preoccupied with its physical needs. It soon becomes a human being, with a set of attitudes and values, likes and dislikes, goals and purposes, patterns of response,and a deep , abiding concept of the sort of
person it is. Every person gets these through a process we call socialization-the learning process which turns him or her from an
animal into a person with a human personality. Put more formally, socialization is the process whereby one internalizes the norms of the groups among whom one lives so that a unique emerges.