February 18, 2011 9:01am CST
Is it possible to be trapped in the wrong body or cultural surroundings? Some people feel that they are a man trapped in a womans body or a woman trapped in a mans body, For them, medical science can help them out. But, does anybody feel that they are trapped in the wrong culture? What I mean is, Is it possible to find that you are born and bought up in the Western and belonging to the caucasion ethnic group but inside you feel as if you should have been Asian, African, or born into a different ethnic group. As everything about your life seems to relate more to their lifestyle and culture than the one that you should be following. Does anyone feel TRAPPED in their body as if they don't belong in it?
19 Feb 11
Guess almost all of us has felt being trapped or not belonging to a certain group one way or the other. I think it has something to do with how we were taught or educated that makes us perceive how we relate it to our surroundings and the environment and how the environment treats us in return. I never really felt trapped if cultural is the point of the discussion, the trap feeling comes when I see my countryman do what is unacceptable to me like throwing trash in bodies of water like rivers, these are the times when I feel I should not be here, like if they put up shanties everywhere, so many children but no jobs, when I see lazy countryman etc.., then I feel trapped here, I try to counter the feeling by finding solutions in small little ways I can contribute, then the feeling goes away
19 Feb 11
Hi Louievill, I guess at sometime in all our lives we feel trapped - at a dinner party when all we want to do is leave, or as you write above. But, I feel as if I am living/existing in the wrong country on the wrong continent with the wrong passport and nationality. My skin is the wrong colour when I look in the mirror and the language that I speak seems alien to me.
18 Feb 11
I guess when you are talking about culture then maybe the person who is thinking this has been exposed to different culture and he or she is not agreeable to the culture of his country. It really happens coz we can always adapt easily in our environment and maybe if the culture is too strict or anything of that sort then you would wish to be a different person.
18 Feb 11
Hi Chavezrmc, It is definately to do with culture. But the one I come from isn't strict and I had a relatively comfortable upbringing where I really didn't want for anything. But I was not at ease and felt I didn't belong. Now I know I would greatly give all this up and go and live in a third World country and third world lifestyle as it is more to what my heart and soul feel at ease with.
• Leon, Mexico
18 Feb 11
Well LeighB, I´ve felt I´m trapped in my body, but because I have a Soul, living inside this body. I don´t feel like being trapped in the wrong body, nor wrong culture (even when I´d like my country get improved). When I was young I was an Egyptian fan, I loved to read everything about Egypt, I knew a lot of things about it. So I felt like being an Egypt trapped here, but it was because of my readings. So far, as I grew older, I realize that the body contains our soul. And that´s all, everything else I have to deal with. Hehehe... Blessings!... Dainy
18 Feb 11
Hi Dainy, Interesting about your feelings as a youth. When I was young I had the feling I should have been an American. From an early age I knew I didn't fit in in this country or culture. After, visiting the US I realised it was not where I belonged. So I tried Russia and Europe but they didn't hold the answers to my restless spirit. Finally, I visited Asia, and immediately felt I had returned home and it was where I belonged.