Identity and Self-Determination

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Boderra J.
Wall
IDST
2/13/13
Identity and Self-Determination

We ask ourselves, who am I? We scratch our heads and think about the choices we make, the things we say, where we come from or what people may think of us. We simply take whatever we think of ourselves or what people think of us, and we are that person specific person. Some people are lost, because they don’t know who they are. They don’t know their purpose of why they are here or why it matters. There are some people who simply don’t care and they just go with the flow. Identity is one of the key elements to we are. It can be the clothes we wear, the things we say, people we hang out with, tribe we are from, language we speak, our beliefs, or our accent. The things we do in our lives and how people see us, they automatically identify us as this person. And some people go along with it. Identity is how we see ourselves, how we see our lives, and how we make decisions that define us. According to Erikson, “Identity development mirrors the outcomes achieved in various domains in a person’s life. Erikson delineated the following identity domains where this mirroring or self-reflection occurs. These are (1) vocation; (2) ideologies (religious, political, and economic); (3) philosophy in life; (4) ethical capacity; (5) sexuality; (6) gender, ethnicity, culture, and nationality” (Erikson). Erikson’s point is that identity is based on religious, political, and economic; philosophy in life, ethical capacity, sexuality, gender, culture and nationality is what defines us. The state of remaining the same or fact of being the same as described. How people describe us, is very different than we see ourselves. The character we want to be ends up being a different character in other people’s eyes. Most people mistake our identity for something else. The sense of being identified as the wrong person can trigger the person in being embarrassed....
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