Socialization is the process involved in preparing a person to enter into a civilization, group, or social sphere. This involves the newcomer adapting to the way that a group thinks, acts, and feels. A person is only socialized after the group accepts the way he or she acts and thinks.
Socialization is common in several areas of life. One example is found when a new member enters a family by marriage or adoption. The new family member or members must adapt to behaving in ways that are accepted by the family they are entering.
Socialization also often occurs in the workplace. For example, as an employee is being groomed to become a manager, she must begin the process of socialization to understand how the organization views what is acceptable behavior among its managers.
Socialization often leads to internalization, which is defined as somebody adopting existing social roles, values, and norms into their own thought processes.