Watch out for the Nega-Labels!

by Mary Therese Encina

Some of us are fond of labeling other people. The other way around, we barely notice, we’re also being labeled by others. Some people find labels on them a good thing to be proud of. However, there are others who might take it as an intended offense to them.

Nega-labels are ugly prejudices, a pre-judgment of what you think is right and happening.  The thing to ponder on is that, some ugly prejudices may be right.  However, it doesn’t mean they cannot be changed.  The problem though, is that, no matter how better a person might have become, he’ll still carry other people’s nega-labels.

A person might be marked a “total failure” for being someone who fails to perform things in order to exceed another’s expectations, but people won’t really believe he could be a “total success” no matter how hard he tries.

Labelling other people like “daw taga-squatter’s area” just because she’s too loud and not too fashionable doesn’t really justify the term. So what if she truly lives in a squatter’s area? The thing is, just because you live in a squatter’s area doesn’t mean you’re always underdressed to fit in with the “fashionable” niche.  The same as the reality that not everyone living in a subdivision behaves too quietly.

Sure thing, in a school, there are students who are grouped to be called something like, “The Brainiacs”, “The Computer Geeks”, “The Trouble-Makers”, “The Singers”, “The Airheads”, “The Preps” and “The Jocks” among many others. These labels identify their personality and the things they’re known to be good at. There’s nothing wrong about being labelled, as long as it doesn’t lead to you, falsifying your true identity and limiting yourself of what you can do.

You can go on with your life with the nega-labels on your forehead. People can go through you and believe what they think of who you were and used to be. You can never convince or please them to believe your change of ways.  You could just stop convincing them, as it doesn’t do much of a danger to you. The real danger comes when you start to believe them yourself.

Author: Mary Therese Encina

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