Paper: Social Roles in Society: Who We Choose To Be Defined by Our Social Roles

| have come to the conclusion that the life-sentenced prisoners have nothing to lose by acting irrational and making spontaneous decisions. On the other hand, the inmates with the shorter sentences have something to look forward to when getting out. They do not necessarily need to act out to obtain attention, that is not what they are looking for. While looking on the Internet for yet another social role study, | came upon an old friend that also happened to be online. | decided to discuss his situation rather than one of which does not effect me as personally as this. My friend was and | guess still is a victim of alcoholism. My friend Matt is now out of the house and on his own and his parents are now divorced. Matt and | grew up together, so many of his pains | felt as well. While he was growing up his father was quite a heavy drinker and at many times became violent as well as abusive towards Matt, his two younger siblings and his mother. | can remember at times Matt telling me how his father the night before would hit him. Matt would tell me “better it be me then my mother or brothers." He said that sometimes he would have to antagonize his father to hit him, rather than the other three. This is a perfect example of social roles. My friend took on the role of the hero in his household. | cannot accurately say what he thought or felt, but | can speculate. | think he must have thought that he needed to be the head of the household, since his father could obviously not perform the task. In two pages it is quite hard to even skim the surface of social roles in social psychology, but with the previous examples (the prison simulation and my own past accounts) you can clearly begin to see what social roles are, and how they affect individuals as well as others. Reference Page The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition 1996 by Houghton Mifflin Company....