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Labels Don’t Define You

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Today, labeling is not strange to us, not on clothes, but on people. Not only famous stars but also common individuals around us are labeled, such as cream boys, coquettish woman, nerds, losers, Cock wire, rich bitch…Actually, most of these words are negative and given by those who know you but don’t know you very well. They are unfairly judgments bothering the ones who are labeled. Although we know it is wrong and don’t want to be labeled, it just goes on and on. Some enjoy gossiping other’s behaviors and then label them based on our imagination.

Labels are a problem. But hardly anyone said they have ever slapped a label on someone else. No one wants to feel guilty. We are imperfect-we don’t always do the right thing. But few of them acknowledge it. We all have our weak moments. Sometimes they are just blowing off steam rather than dislike their targets. It’s easier to talk about labels in terms other people. Admitting that people call you a loser feels uncomfortably close to saying “I am a loser.” Even a label that should be positive(smart , popular) or neutral(Tomboy, Girly-girl) can feel really limiting.

So what can we do about it? Well, we are not letting the social situation define us because we have close friends and our own idea of who we are. It would be encouraging to realize that labels are just someone’s opinion, though they may be painful. It is who you are that counts. When everyone knows each other well, they wouldn’t reduce others to a word. So we can do something it to avoid labeling others and get labeled by others. Get to know your people who are not so close to you before labeling him or her, even if someone else considers them as certain kind of person. Also, build a tight friend circle who love the real us. Then we don’t need to worry about getting hurt or hurt others.

Merry Xmas, everybody.

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