A Sense of Belonging
We build communities to live and be among like-minded people. We create different groups in all aspects of our existence—from where we live to where we work, even where we pray.
Our behavioral patterns differ in various social activities. There are standards to be followed, culture and traditions be considered.
In a recent trip to Baguio, I met Kidlat Tahimik who is an advocate of a new movement against Western standards and techniques to understand human behavior: Sikolohiyang Pilipino or Filipino Psychology. Even if there are common psychological patterns among humans across the globe, according to psychologist Virgilio G. Enriquez, there are still manifestations that are heavily influenced by culture.
In this study, they discovered that kapwa (“shared identity”) is the core value common among Filipinos and the root of our different perceptions and social behavior. It is a unique way of associating ourselves with others as opposed to the Westerners’ individualistic point of view.
Our tight-knit family values and the concept of bayanihan are both unique to the Filipino community. The concept of kapwa has thrived after over three centuries of colonial rule and we should continue to preserve it to understand our every triumph and adversity. Northern Living is published by Hinge Inquirer Publications. 4F Media Resource Plaza, Mola
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