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The Family Doctor has a firm belief that how a person ends up in life is a result of how
the person started in life. "That's where everything begins--it's at the family level," which is why
he credits his family, in particular, his parents with a large part of his academic success.
Throughout his childhood, the Family Doctor's parents were very involved in his life, conveying
the idea that education offered opportunities for a different life than they had, more money, more
flexibility, more security. "They saw that the people who were educated had many opportunities
that people who don't have an education. You know, if you've got that doctor degree, an MD or
DO, or a law degree, you won't have to depend on anybody. You'll always have a job
somewhere, so basically, they were always pushing us toward a law degree or a medical degree,
nothing in between." The Family Doctor believes that his parents' push for their children to get a
medical degree or a law degree was based partly on their lack of education. "They wanted us,
they wanted me to be something up high, or like, they, people who, like my parents, who don't
have education, they see physicians as something higher, lawyers as something above." But no
matter what the reason, the push for education as a key to success was strong in the Family
Doctor's family. This push is also evident in the overlap between the concept family and other
mitigating forces in the supermap coding, especially with an overlap between family and culture.
It seems that the Family Doctor's family created a culture all its own as evidenced by his own
words and 17 cells containing both family and culture codes. Based on the data, it appears that
the Family Doctor believes culture is an important part of his family background, and part of his
family's culture was his parents' push toward education as the solution.
The Family Doctor's parents, particularly his father, were so insistent upon the
importance of education that they limited the Family Doctor's outside activities and pushed him
to focus on education, often to the exclusion of other activities. "They would be after me to do
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