Importance Of Personal Identity

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My Personal Identity

This essay looks at identity and why it is an important part of our daily lives. Identity is a socially constructed concept. We learn about our own respective identity and the identity of others through interactions with family, peers, organisations, institutions, the media and through other connections we make in daily life. Identity is the beliefs, qualities, personality, appearance and culture that make a person who they are. Identity relates to self image, self esteem and individuality. Personal identity evolves over the course of our lives and may involve aspects of our lives that we have no control over such as where you grew up, the colour of your skin, as well as the choices you make, such as where you choose to spend your time and your beliefs. I believe that my environment has hugely impacted on my personal identity, however, I have for the majority shaped my own identity by striving to be the finest version of myself that I can be.
Firstly, we will look at the cultural iceberg analogy which is used to help us understand that certain aspects of our identity, such as our name and physical appearance are on the
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They can help us to gain perspectives that we may not have had before and naturally, relationships can influence our identity, for instance, a friend might acquaint us with our new favourite book. Likewise, we can lose part of our identity (both positive and negative) through our relationships with people. An example of this would be if a partner motivates you to quit smoking. Our identities are always evolving and can change around certain people. I am a perfectionist therefore I give my all in in my relationships and become profoundly involved in people’s lives and their problems and how I can help them. People in my life give me energy and I would not have the capacity to reach my full potential were it not for my friends, family and my

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