First  Prev  1  2  3  4  5  Next  Last
Why is labeling such a bad thing?
Posted 3/24/13

mojojooo wrote:

Not all labels are negative.
Like, people who are passionate about anime are called otaku.
It's just to categorize a group of people who have either similar interests, habits, personalities, or problems.
I think even when we think we don't label ourselves, there are a few things about us that we categorize. Like I like to say I'm an introvert.
The thing is sometimes when you label yourself, you're putting a limit on yourself.


If I'm not mistaken, otaku is actually an insult...
13904 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
26 / F / Seattle
Offline
Posted 3/24/13
As other people said, it's only bad when the label LIMITS you (or how you think others are allowed to behave).

Like, if I want to label myself as nerd. But, say, nerdy girls aren't supposed to wear makeup. So because I want to keep my identity as a nerd, I feel limited (can't wear makeup) because if I do, I'm abandoning my identity. And if other people who think of me as a "nerd" see me with makeup, they will think I'm a fake nerd because as someone labeled as a nerd, I shouldn't be wearing it.


Not sure if that makes sense...

4853 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
20 / M / Aincrad
Offline
Posted 3/24/13
It opens the door to bullying
Posted 3/24/13


lol i don't deserve it but thanks, it's Shakespeare.
9998 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
21 / F
Offline
Posted 3/24/13

demongurrl13 wrote:


mojojooo wrote:

Not all labels are negative.
Like, people who are passionate about anime are called otaku.
It's just to categorize a group of people who have either similar interests, habits, personalities, or problems.
I think even when we think we don't label ourselves, there are a few things about us that we categorize. Like I like to say I'm an introvert.
The thing is sometimes when you label yourself, you're putting a limit on yourself.


If I'm not mistaken, otaku is actually an insult...


In the west here, it isn't/ has been misinterpreted. But a also read a while ago it means anyone with an obssesive interest in something, but usually anime or manga. Either way, that's what people use to define those who love anime.
17469 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
15 / F
Offline
Posted 3/25/13
The only label anyone should have is that of individual.
13657 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
Offline
Posted 3/25/13
I think it's neutral. Could be bad, could be good. But a lot of people use it as a negative thing, to degrade somebody.
I don't label myself or other people. Everyone's unique, even if they are prone to the stereotype.
3088 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
M
Offline
Posted 3/25/13 , edited 3/25/13

toxxin wrote:

If I were to label myself something thats fine, if anyone else were to they cross a line. It is up to me and only me to determine where I fit socially.


I am labeling you a Crunchyroll forum poster. Am I crossing a line?

That aside, you don't believe that other people can more accurately assert you social standing? Do you really believe that you can be completely objective when judging yourself?


holyfire11 wrote:

I honestly was and still am against labeling for the longest time. I would say it's bad because when you have that label, that's what others look at and don't see the real you besides that label. Also, labels that are named by others that are hurtful can stick to a person causing them to be that bad label others stick to them. Plus, labels are VERY limited. I rather be whatever I want rather than stick with a label someone gives me.


That's a fallacy.

I am an atheist. Is that all that people see when they look at me? Nope. I'm an anime fan, or an "otaku" as you people like to call yourselves. Is that all that people will see when they judge me? I don't believe so.

Someone who is so as to allow assigned labels to change their personality deserves to feel bad about themselves. Because they are weak. Well, that's harsh. What I should say is that they should seek help from a friend and not take to heart what people think of them.

Labels are as limiting as you allow them to be. They are not inherently so.


trinkit wrote:

The only label anyone should have is that of individual.


Why is that? Labels are extremely useful.
Posted 3/25/13


It's okay people, your brains are still developing
30425 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
23 / M / Hughesville, Penn...
Offline
Posted 3/25/13 , edited 3/25/13
In certain circumstances it is a bad thing because it can cause depression and other psychological issues.
Banned
31571 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
34 / M / The Void.
Offline
Posted 3/25/13 , edited 3/25/13
Everyone is unique. Labels are just ways to limit yourself. Also, you can be anything you want. I don't usually like saying this, but this question is retarded. How can you be so ignorant to what labels do to the human mind?
Posted 3/25/13 , edited 3/25/13

-Vega- wrote:

Everyone is unique. Labels are just ways to limit yourself. Also, you can be anything you want. I don't usually like saying this, but this question is retarded. How can you be so ignorant to what labels do to the human mind?


lol good question, it's affecting your mind right now.
30425 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
23 / M / Hughesville, Penn...
Offline
Posted 3/25/13

-Vega- wrote:

How can you be so ignorant to what labels do to the human mind?


They probably don't understand psychology well and haven't given it much thought.
Eater of Worlds
Bedlam 
57091 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
29 / M / East Coastin'
Offline
Posted 3/25/13
Humans can't function without generalizing, it's just how we can survive as a species. We compartmentalize things in order to function in day-to-day life. For example, "all bees have stingers and can/will sting you." We don't know for sure if they will sting you every time, but we treat all bees with caution as if they had stingers and could sting us. If we didn't, we'd be needlessly putting ourselves into danger (especially those who are allergic to bee stings). This also extends to social aspects. "Jocks tend to like sports." We don't know if it's true for every person who considers themselves a jock (or whoever YOU consider is a jock), but if someone is active in a sport, it would usually follow that they're into at least that particular sport they're participating in.

Personally, I think it's ok to use labels or be labeled. Just don't let it limit you in what you can or can't do. Especially in how you should be treated. Or what you want to do. For example, you take on the nerd label. But just because you consider yourself a nerd doesn't mean you can't like sports or be socially adept. If you want to be those things, then don't let your self-imposed label limit you in what you can or can't do. Also, don't let labels limit you from getting to know others. Just because you perceive someone to be a jock or a weirdo doesn't mean they're not worth talking to. Anyway, to make a long story short, labels are fine. Just don't let it limit you. And try to keep an open, objective mind.
Banned
31571 cr points
Send Message: Send PM GB Post
34 / M / The Void.
Offline
Posted 3/25/13

Sociopa wrote:


-Vega- wrote:

Everyone is unique. Labels are just ways to limit yourself. Also, you can be anything you want. I don't usually like saying this, but this question is retarded. How can you be so ignorant to what labels do to the human mind?


lol good question, it's affecting your mind right now.


It is and it's annoying me.

First  Prev  1  2  3  4  5  Next  Last
You must be logged in to post.