Before going deep into this idea and explain the point of view that I got about “Role models” in general, I want to say that I get inspired to talk about this topic and think about it by the questions of an awesome interview that I got asked by a good friend of mine or lets call that friend my good Instagram friend (’cause we haven’t got the chance to meet in real life) about an interesting topic. So all thanks goes to the one who wrote the questions and the special one who chose me to answer those questions. Thank yaw!
A role model or the role model as its been explained on “dictionary.com” is basically “
After defining the term of “role model”, now it’s time to see this term from the perspective of psychology . The psychologist Albert Bandura was the first to use a similar term to “role model” in a theory of the social/learning theories and this term is “modeling”, and in order to explain how this term works we should first explain briefly Bandura’s theory of learning. First of all the theory called “Bandura’s social learning theory” in which there are two main ideas the first one and it’s the one that we are concerned about in today’s topic is about the mediating process that occur between stimuli and responses. The second one is that behaviour basically is learned from the environment through the process of observational learning.
So ,the opposite of Skinner, Bandura see that humans are active information processors and think about the relationship between their behavior and consequences. That’s why he proposed four mediational processes : starting with attention; if we want to imitate a behavior we must pay attention to it. Followed by retention ;we must create a memory about the behavior so that we can imitate it. Thirdly reproduction; the ability to perform the behavior ,nonetheless we are limited by our physical ability so even if we remember such an act or behavior if we don’t have the principal ability to perform it we will not be able to imitate it. Lastly motivation; and it’s a response from the observer that follow the perform of the behavior, the response/reply that the imitater gets it can be either in a form of punishment or a reward, if it’s a reward then the person will do it again in similar situation, if it’s a punishment then the person would not be doing it again in situations that looks the same as the one he/she imitating.
Now, my ideas or point of view about “role model” will be based on this theory.
First of all , role model for me is basically the sum of multiple characters, and those characters are like tools that we use in our daily/social life, in our social interaction. For example “how to say hi” is a tool or character that can be changed from a person to another one, or “what to address someone that you don’t know” this tool can be either by saying “hey” or “bro” or “dude” or even “sir”.
Secondly, role models for me is a temporary thing; it changes from person to another for sure ,yet ;it also changed in the same person from a period of time to another period and from a situation to another one or from a topic to another. As an example when we were kids we were fascinated by superheroes and wanting to act like them and fight criminals and evils as they did , and when we became in the ages between 12 to 18 we were imitating players in either basketball or soccer or even tennis, that’s for the long period of time. For the small period, let’s take for example a year like a person named T in the year of 2017 he wanted to get same body as Ronaldo or whatever you want, and he wanted to get a good grades in Maths as that guy or girl in his class, and more of that he wanted to have a Youtube channel with 5 million subscriber as Lele or you name that person. So our guy T he got at least three role models and from each one he’s aiming to adapt a tool or character and add it to his system with other characters he got.
Thirdly, when we get or learn or imitate that character or tool that we are aiming to it we will not be seeing the person we got this tool from as a role model because we learn the thing that made him or her a role model for us so you can say that we become our own previous role model after adapting such a character or tool.
Lastly, when we see that finally we got/imitated/learn all the characters and tools that we wanted, we achieve the time or level when we say that “I don’t have a role model”, but as soon as we ended up in a situation in which we don’t have the right tool or the right character to use in it, we again start the search for a role model who got that character and again we will try to imitate it until we add it to our system of tools.
As a conclusion, if you are in a period where you don’t have a role model then congratulation and be aware, and if you are in the situation in which you have multiple role models then good luck with that sir.
*Those are just ideas of mine that don’t have any scientific prove.