There are many things that influence one’s thought and behavior and also there are many ways an individual can go beyond the influences. The three passages that talked about influences were “Allegory of the Cave” by Plato, “The Personal and the Collective Unconscious” by Carl Jung, and also “The theory of Multiple Intelligences” by Howard Gardner. Plato discusses how people are influenced by each other. Jung describes how people are influenced with the memories from their brain. Gardner describes the different intelligences with different kinds of people.
In today’s society people are influenced by other people daily. As a teenager one sees a lot of young adolescents changing who they are to be someone they are not. For example, if a friend is smoking and that person thinks they look cool while doing it than the other person would follow the smoker. Smoking is not a good idea for anyone, and it should not be followed just because someone’s friend is doing it. People are also influencing other people at this young age to consume alcoholic beverages. Going to a party might result in at least a little bit of drinking because it is the motivation of other teenagers that are doing it.
Plato describes another way of being influenced by other people. He talks about how people were afraid to leave the cave because they did not want to lose their eyesight if they came back to the cave. People in the cave influenced other people to stay in the cave without facing the real word. The group that was in the cave wanted to be trapped in there forever, rather than knowing what reality really is. Plato describes that the people trapped in the cave are naming the shapes as they come by. This is the only reality that they know, even though they are seeing only shadows of objects. The cave men who are not free do not want to lose their eye sight because they do not want to be judged as if not knowing the shapes on the wall and being looked down upon.
Carl Jung's theory...