Usually, when people give someone or something a label, they are trying to describe the person or object. One might label to help define what is going on around them. One might be trying to make sense of what’s occurring. It is human nature to label things and people, and it can occur without the person acknowledging that they are doing so. In the book Drunk Tank Pink, written by Adam Alter, he delves into the definition of labels, stating, “In the 1930s, Benjamin Whorf argued that words shape how we see objects, people, and places (29)”. Many people do not realize that while they are quickly assessing what is in front of them, they could be judging or assigning a negative label. Labels are powerful, in a sense that they could begin to affect how the person or object is perceived. Alter also states, “Labels are harmful to the extent that they become associated with meaningful character traits (34)”. Common labels can potentially turn into stereotypes, which is unfortunately unavoidable. If one would educate themselves before making an assumption, labels and stereotypes can become more positive and accurate.
Whether it is a breaking news story, or a current social media trending topic, teen issues are always being discussed. In today’s society, their cultural issues have changed, making it hard to relate, and understand what teens are going through. Because of the ignorance, their issues are talked down upon, or blamed on the teenager’s hormones. They are also blamed on their friends, or other irrelevant influences, when in reality it is mostly internal. To adults, the causes are a mystery. The issues that they had as teenagers have drastically changed compared to today’s common issues. Don’t Look Behind You by Lois Duncan captures realistic causes and effects of common teen issues in today’s society such as teen defiance, consumption of alcohol, and the pressure to be or look a certain way.
The first thing people see when first meeting another is their smile. In a way, it is a first impression. Brushing one’s teeth may seem like a minor task in their day, however many are unaware of its benefits beyond fresh smelling breath. It is important to keep your mouth healthy. Many do not realize this importance. Maintaining healthy teeth and gums can be tedious, but the outcome is definitely worth it. Aside from preventing bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay, it can influence the body and mind in many ways. It can be good for one’s self-image as well. Dental health can create good habits, benefit overall health and even boost confidence.
A teenager’s state of mind is not always as stable as it can be while going through a disastrous event, or even puberty. Everyone reacts differently when placed in bad situations. William Shakespeare’s tragedy titled Hamlet showcases how a teenager’s mindset can spiral out of control. The main character, a young prince, Hamlet, is in a predicament where multiple bad situations have occurred. Throughout the play, Hamlet’s state of mind goes on a rollercoaster. Hamlet’s state of mind goes through multiple changes as he experiences deception, struggles with self-reliance, and deals with grief.
As a writer, it is essential the message is clear, and well understood. This clarity mainly comes from how the paper is worded and organized. Being a descriptive writer reaps many benefits for both the author and reader. I believe descriptive writers, such as myself, focus on the reader more than anything. Making sure the reader understands and comprehends is one of my main priorities when composing an essay. I have learned being vague comes from my assumption that readers already possess the same prior knowledge as myself. Explaining my ideas and thoughts also helps me think, which is one of the many benefits I have received from being a vivid author. Because I am a descriptive writer, I am trained to search for detail, as well as being able to communicate to various audiences, and voice my stance on a certain subject.
An essay I wrote in high school. I was given an assignment where I could write on any subject I wanted to bring awareness to. Since a young age, I've realized teens and children’s mental health is so important, and they always need to be listened to.