As we grow older we discover new things about ourselves and how we identify ourselves, through the experiences we face in our lives. Our personality is like a house in the process of building, we draw the plan of who we aspire to be, we make alterations along the way but the bricks keep piling up. Identity formation is defined as the combination of personal, social and cultural experiences that combine to form an individual’s identity. Identity is not static; it is the result of continuous interaction with the environment. People in our lives such as friends, family, teachers and heroic figures affect the way we identify ourselves; they are a big factor in building our personality. Past experiences we go through can also have an impact on our identity, if we're growing; we're always going to be out of our comfort zone. Another aspect of how identity continues to change is our own nationality and religion, how we identify ourselves about a certain belief can change the way we view things and our interpretations towards certain events.
The people we choose to be around with affects how we identify ourselves. Our friendships in the school age play a big role in shaping how we act towards certain situations. Growing up I felt that my mind was changing all the time decisions about my career, my hobbies or even music I liked listening to; at one stage I was so into gym and training I tended to form closer relationships with the fitter athletic kids feeling that we had more discussions and the similarities that would make the friendship stronger. After months and months of lunchtime discussions about “who many grams of protein we consumed a day” and who won the national weightlifting event the discussions slowly began to fade.
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