[su_spoiler title="Article Abstract" style="fancy"]We live in a surprisingly violent world. We experience physical assault, emotional and psychological attack, and even the intellectual violence of manipulation and indoctrination. Psychology is becoming increasingly aware not only of the prevalent violence, but also of the profoundly deleterious impact of said violence on the human mind and body; however, sociology lags behind. Socialization, or our experiences at the hands of agents of socialization, is a key concept in sociology. Every introductory sociology text that is printed devotes and entire chapter to a discussion of socialization and related concepts. However rarely, if at all, is there any indication that sociologists are aware of the profoundly deleterious impact of toxicity (violence, neglect, etc.) in the socialization process. This research note seeks to alleviate this lacuna by providing a concept, toxic socialization, by which sociologists can more readily discuss the problem of a violent socialization process.[/su_spoiler][su_spoiler title="Quotes from the Article" style="fancy"]

Socialization, or our experiences at the hands of agents of socialization, is a key concept in sociology. Every introductory sociology text that is printed devotes and entire chapter to a discussion of socialization and related concepts, like nature nurture, biological determinism, primary and secondary socialization, agents of socialization, looking glass self, family, peer groups, school, mass media, and so on. However rarely, if at all, is there any indication that sociologists are aware of the significance of interpersonal violence in the socialization process.

Toxic Socialization is a violent socialization process. Toxic socialization fractures attachments, undermines self esteem, destroys ego boundaries, and disables the body's ability to function emotionally, psychologically, and intellectually.

When definitions of abuse are liberal, just about everybody on the planet becomes a victim of abuse at some point.

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Submitted March 7 Sociology https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/journal/sociology: Rejected March 14 as "not suitable"

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(2016) Toxic Socialization, The Socjourn.

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