My Identity And Personal Identity

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How do you define your identity? While appearing to be a simple question, distinguishing the elements of one’s selfhood and the influences acting upon it can prove challenging. Many components cannot be examined without acknowledgement of their connection with others. Influences may not be consistent and enter and leave your life unexpectedly. In my own attempt to answer this question, I discovered the complexity of my character does not allow for solely distinct assertions of self. My identity is an ever-changing construct of inter-connected components, each with their own unique or shared influences. To begin with, a great deal of how I perceive myself is based off my ability (and disability) to interact with the world; my self-identity is framed by my actions and exploits. I am not particularly good at most sports so I am not athletic. I was a valedictorian at my high school and had a high ACT score. Subsequently, I consider myself an academic. I’m a leader and a nature-lover because I lead a boy scout troop and I am an Eagle Scout. I’m both limited and enabled by the notions I possess about my capacity to accomplish certain feats. Another key component of my identity is my upbringing. How I relate to society and how I perceive morality is a direct result of how I was raised. I cannot escape the values instilled during my childhood, even if I wanted to. My politics, religion, and work-ethic originated from my interactions with my family and the discipline I underwent. One of the lessons I received in my childhood also happens to be my third identity component: faith. Originally just the environment I found myself in, religion eventually morphed into a core part of how I view myself and the identity others perceive. Shifting in ... ... middle of paper ... ...ences on my identity broadened. Additionally, another change in my identity has been in my sense of belonging in society. As a homeschooler, I was fearful that I would not be able to manage in the “real” world and that I would remain isolated. However, as my success in actual brick-and-mortar school grew, my connection to the world did as well. No longer feeling like an outsider, my understanding of how I impacted my community and society as a whole shifted to a proactive position. In summary, my identity is composed of several key elements and has changed over time due to a variety of influences. Core to my selfhood are my religion, upbringing, and capability. Through a combination of new encounters and my growing independence, my identity has changed in order to adapt. My concept of self will likely continue to change as life brings new experiences and individuals.
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