How Labels Work

Labels reflect how people think about others and themselves. They not only influence how a personal identity is created but also allow for recognition that others have different qualities. They aid people in understanding differences in needs, culture, and personalities. Labels can also reflect positive characteristics, set useful expectations, and provide meaningful goals. At the same time, labeling can create misunderstandings and stereotypes. Whether good or bad, labeling has an important influence on identity and society.

From; https://turnersyndromefoundation.org/2021/07/13/the-power-of-labels/

In my rebuilding of my self, an original tools from my late 90’s Life Skills Class was to make a list of your personal Life Commandments, (those little sayings) that have influenced your life. Like for me my Mom told me “I should be seen and not heard” I carried it through my life until that class. The Instructor had us talk out loud to an empty chair thanking the person who gave it to you and then let them know that it is not for me or part of my future. What ever words work for you-you get the idea. Well I was thinking I would like to see my life list of labels in chronological order as best I can. Words at one time I heard someone referred to me as. ┬áCurious how it might read and what I might see of my life n times.

The Beginning;

Unwanted menopausal pregnancy
Fat Baby
The boy behind me in second or third grade, the one who sat behind me pulled my pony tale and would sing “I dream of Jeannie in a cellophane bikini” not quite a label, said smiling
Child
Infant
Aunt
Cowgirl, one I gave myself always pretending
Friend
Preschooler-Nursery school back Then
A pain in the but Sister
Shy
Sweet
cute
Little Child
Barn helper
Peg Legs
Skinny Gini
Dumb Blond
Prick Teaser
Best Friend
An Honest Person
Dedicated
reliable
Nieve
gullible
Team Pool Player
Boutique manager
Boss
girlfriend
general manager
roommate
Cashier
Customer Service person
Craftsman
teenager
Travler
hitchhiker
Cocktail waitress
Bartender
mother
wife
Quarter Pony Inspector
Office girl
Freelance writer
Northern Calif. Quarter Pony Club Founder
Student
Realtor
Soccer Mom
Soccer Couch
Horse show Mom
Office girl and bookkeeper
Divorcee
Lost Self
Life Skills student
Receptionist
I will continue…