Influencing factors in life

October 13, 2006

It is the small things that can change our frame of mind from one day to another, things that make us smile in our saddest moments, or things that bring us in a depressing mood, reminding us of all the aspects of our life and shuddering the balance that we have created so far.

I feel education, culture, eating habits and environment contribute to a person’s mental development in the various stages of life.

As far as I have seen, there are four major factors that influence us. And it is when we face conflicts, the influential factors show up. Looking at all sides of a conflict is not an easy task. Several factors, which we may not be aware of, contribute to our understanding (or misunderstanding) and hence, influence the final choice. Consequently, people involved in the same conflict may arrive at different solutions caused by any of the following:

Context: The circumstances surrounding the issue, influences what parts are thought important or unimportant. For instance, if the individuals in a conflict are acquainted, the nature of the relationship matters. The bond between family members is very different than the one between friends .Gender, past experiences, education and age also act as a frame, modifying how the problem and the consequences are understood.

Values, which are derived from personal beliefs, are grounded in traditional sources such as family, religion and school. They form an underlying framework which focuses our attention on certain aspects of a problem and may advocate for a particular choice. Values vary from individual to individual reflecting cultural, religious and other personal experiences and may play a greater role in conflict solutions arising in situations where points of law are not in question.

Principles, which are sometimes derived from external sources such as institutions or ethical theories, typically provide guidance rather than specify an action. They can assist in prioritizing values by lending greater weight to one value over another. Conflicts which involve legal issues may be solved more readily by a direct appeal to known principles. Professional codes of ethics and laws(rules), then specify how principles are carried out. The four major principles guiding many institutional practices are: beneficence, non-maleficence, autonomy and justice (fairness). From these, courses of actions are derived. Which principle has priority in any one decision varies depending on personal beliefs, facts and other contextual information.

Ethical systems are an important part of the process of justifying a particular action. The simple identification of principles and values is typically not sufficient to make a complex, difficult decision. At some point, justification for a particular choice begins to take place. Three of the more common ethical systems select different components of the conflict as a focal point: a person’s motives, the consequences of the action, or an appeal to an external system of principles. As in the case with perspective, the action chosen is influenced by a tension between external forces such as obeying rules or finding a good outcome, and the character of individual (integrity).

6 Responses to “Influencing factors in life”

  1. Shiv Says:

    What happened? All of a sudden full gyan? Just asking. I suppose really something happened or something thing struck you (some idea), that you are writing this post.

  2. rk Says:

    nadhi moola, rishi moola, stri moola, BLOGPOST moola kelbardhu, deepu. 😉

  3. Gangadhar Says:

    educative post,rk..thanks..
    and i’ve so faced so many joys and sorrows as a part of my life..And i tried to learn from small small things to perform my life well..I’m thankful to God for giving me such strength…

    take care about yourself..


  4. Veena Shivanna Says:

    Bellur, Generally for all your post, I see some preface but here it looked like you just jotted down some thoughts which just came top of your head. Its worth a read anyway!
    Chennagittu Odlikke. You could say how do one inculcate all these & some tips from your dictionary. I would say all these are acquired not sure whether anything comes from the gene pool. I would say it all how you are brought up. As I was telling you the other day, some culture & community is such a way that their routines are so well organised that everything is taught as part of their daily activity. some are fortunate enought to read & learn. Some are good enough to inculcate & some really feel all this is gyan & good to read enough!! I can’t talk much more than this, I would just say ‘Knowledge is eternal’ & this comprises all that you said. One need to seek for knowledge & the rest follows. jaasti annisidre dayavittu hoTTeg haakombidi shiva 🙂

  5. rk Says:

    thanks. not everyone learns from one’s mistakes. you are a rare being! good luck and take care!

    i was expecting someone to write this. nice you found it out. the above post was actually written as a comment to a post from sanjay. felt like posting it here.
    as i have said, the way you are brought up as a kid and the environment you see everyday, has a major role in shaping your thinking.
    and i agree, “Knowledge is eternal”.
    thanks for your insightful comments.

  6. Narayana Sharma Says:


    A wonderful note. It reminds me of my childhood in Nasik where we were brought up under Gandhian ideology, which i cherish and practice. We lived in KVIC campus where there was no bar on caste or creed or religion. My friends were from South, North East and western India. We enjoyed playing together, eating together and camping together in a jungle. The environment we were brought up in, is priceless.

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