How has my personality been shaped by the five major instutions? Firstly, my family is one of the most influential parts of my life. My family has taught me all the values that I think that I would need in life. I was not raised in an abusive family, which shapes my personality by making me less aggressive towards my peers, and teaching me that you can^t get your way through force, but by patience. I think that my family has positively affected my life through treating me like I^m a person, something that gets hurt easily. Does education really affect the way I am? Maybe not directly, but indirectly. Education is a means of teaching some values, but that^s not education^s main purpose. Education teaches us about a great many things. In kindergarten, you learn the alphabet and to count to ten, in elementary school, you learn penmanship, and the four basic ways to get seventy through a chain of addition, grammar, and we start to want to do our own thing instead of everything that our parents want^s us to do. So, does education really affect our personality? No, it does not affect us. But, our friends at school do. Our friends will be either our good friend, or our worst enemy by the time we^re in high school. Friends shape the most of our personality out of the family. Another way that our friends have shaped the way that we are, is the way they treat us. For example, your friends call you names, talk trash behind your back, and generally talk trash around you now do you think that you would have good self-esteem? I do not think that would be possible, even if your parent are always calling you nice things, spoiling you rotten, you would still have bad self-esteem. The economy is a very essential part of our daily life, it shapes what shape our town or city will be in. If the economy is poor, do you think that it will draw a huge tourist crowd if the whole town or city was a ghetto? I personally do not think so. I think that it would turn out to be a heavily gang populated city, with many drug deals and prostitution going on. Luckily I was not raised in the ghetto, not to say that I am a particularly rich person, my family is just a little off to the good to do side, but not really. The economy has shaped the way that I am by where I was raised, I was for the majority of my young life, raised in a major suburban neighborhood. Where the biggest thing that happened around there was that my cat got ran over. I then moved to a nice neighborhood with many kids. Where I made many friends and my personality was then shaped. Where does the government fit into my personality? The government shapes the way I think about other people. If I was raised in a monarch country, and I was royalty, I would think of peasants as dirty, filthy people that are not worth my spit. If I was born in a communist country, I would think that that every body deserves an equal amount of every thing. But, I am in a democratic country, where everyone thinks that the whole world orbits around them-self, and most other country^s either hate or love. But, I also live in the freest country, where I am free to make my own decisions. So, that affects the way I make my choices, I think, ok, if I do this, and this, then I will get this, I don^t think, ok, I can only do this, or this, so that this will happen. It changes things quite a bit. I would say that this has positively affected my life. Religion, I think, has affected my life the most. Christianity has taught me so many great things, that I can hardly comprehend it. I think that Christianity is one of the best decisions that I could have possibly made. Without Christ in my life, I would be a miserable little druggie, who is a complete careless failure who does not even know what year it is. But thanks to Gods loving kindness, I am not, I may not always be happy, but who is? I think that Christianity has definitely been a positive part of my life.