As human beings, we adapt to our circumstances. If we do not, we do not succeed. When a man walks into a posh environment with high necked individuals and remains there for many months, that man over time begins to look different anatomically-- his neck may seem to stretch a few centimeters upward.
When a woman is speaking with a five year old crowd holding a book and preparing them for naps, she adapts a style quite different from another woman who speaks in a legal court in the defense of an innocent bystander.
It is situational circumstances that dictate our actions.
But also, cultural and social affiliations likewise determine our adaptations.
When a group of rowdy ten year old boys enter a department store with the intent of each member walking away with a stolen good, the "five-finger" discount, even the most well-meaning child based on loyalty to his group of friends may go against what prudence and conscience tell him. Herein lies the implication of social affiliations.
Likewise, culture influences adaptation. When a boisterous, happy teenage girl walks into a melancholic funeral observance, gravity dictates that personality must be subdued based on the cultural standard of the group. The same rule follows for a man in a Roman Catholic Church and a woman in a Spanish Pub. Culture carries weight and meaning that the individual should not ignore.
On these lines of thinking, it has been intriguing for me to see how I react to circumstance. It happens so, that many times a situational awareness enables me to go against what I find to be a personal, "home-social", or familial standard. If I haven't spoken to a good friend for a while about a certain issue, I sometimes forget what my stance is and how I came to be there.
Society, Culture, and Situation do very much shape us.
Thus, we do adapt to our circumstances; however, because of an individual's mental capability to formulate and shape the environment around him, we all have the ability to choose to what degree we do so.
If we take ourselves from an outside perspective, do we sometimes find where we have adapted to a society, culture, or situation when prudence and conscience would have expected otherwise?