Foreclosure, in psychology, can be defined as pre-defined or borrowed self-identity as opposed to any sort of self-exploration or individual thought.
The average Indian science student chooses biology so that becoming a doctor is one of their career options. And more often than not, parents are the leading influence in this choice. The career of these Indian doctors can be a little different from others. It is a highly secure job(no job interviews, fear of being fired, etc), does not require the most creative mind and is one of the most popular jobs to get a respectable status in India.
So, to carry on my slightly academically worded rant, I will present to you the downsides of the average confoming-to-parents’-wishes student’s personality. I am proud of the generalizations I will make in the process.
So to get this out of the way, most students are plebeians and have no awareness or stance in social or world issues and they are not worth mentioning as they aren’t very bright students either. This too, is a form of foreclosure.
But there are medical students that are more annoying than the ignorant plebeian. There can be two different stances of annoyance in these students.
Repetition is the initial worldview which is more common in sheltered individuals. These students tend to conform to religious, political and other opinions that they hear throughout their upbringing, mainly from family members and teachers. A student can be raised by conservative parents; so when the parents’ worldview is absorbed as the only reality for a sufficient amount of time, any arguments opposing this logic will be vehemently rejected. In fact, they usually tend to proudly profess this worldview to the world. They wouldn’t be able to completely understand another worldview because of this deeply ingrained circular logic. This person would consequently be strongly against Evolution theory, LGBTQ+ etc. Such people are strong willed and will actively engage in arguments and bring out their circular logic. And winning these arguments reinforces their beliefs, so it is important for them. On the odd occasion that they have understood an opposing point, they are initially angry that they do not have a strong comeback. This regurgitation of beliefs would be less common in students who have an authentic sense of self, are creative, haven’t been extremely indoctrinated, etc.
But this lack of comebacks can lead to the other stance of annoyance, which is more intellectually stimulated and mature. Indecisiveness is a trait that’s prevalent in a lot of medical students these days. This occurs when opposing views are presented later on in life, and aren’t completely senseless to them. A common example is Evolution theory. But it isn’t easy to accept for religious students as it means that God wasn’t necessary for man to be created. Some attempts may be made to compromise both ideas. But usually, it puts the student into a passive quiet listening mode. The opposing ideas about a topic form a crisis. They do not proclaim ‘I don’t know’ but stick to their initial worldview as it doesn’t force them to choose one ideology. So when they hear conversations about these topics, their internal crisis prevents them from contributing anything, and they might feel suffocated listening to more arguments. These people become very apolitical and their passiveness can be just as annoying as the first stance. They might still be against Same-Sex Marriages even if they don’t have a logical reason to.
The ideal outcome from the crisis is a genuine, well thought out opinion. Newer perspectives shouldn’t be feared but interesting. And gradually, these topics of conflict should stop being an obsession in their daily lives.