A Sense of Be­long­ing

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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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