Shaping Identity Essay

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Shaping Identity

Shaping Identity
Identity. What is identity? One will say that it is the distinct personality of an
individual. Others will say that identity is the behavior of a person in response to their
surrounding environment. At certain points of time, some people search for their identity
in order to understand their existence in life. In regards, identity is shaped into an
individual through the social trials of life that involve family and peers, the religious
beliefs by the practice of certain faiths, and cultural awareness through family history
and traditions. These are what shape the identity of an individual.

In today's world, society creates an impact on human life. More of an impact can be seen
among family and peers. They can be found at home, work, and school. At home with family,
identity can be created on the difference of having one parent, divorced or separated
parents, no parents, abusive parents, or even negligent parents. For example, children who
grow up without a father or mother figure tend to become more independent at an early
stage. Another example is where certain experiences within the family such as constantly
witnessing parents argue can cause one's identity to be confined and distant. But, some
people shape their identity similar to their parents. Such as a son became a soldier in
the army because his father was in the army. Siblings, if any, are also an influence on
the social identity of a person. They either become your friend, mentor, or your
responsibility. A person may have a close bond with their sibling and be influenced by
their identity, or not be, and have an opposite identity than their sibling. Work creates
an identity for a person also. Whether its promotions to a higher position or being
unsatisfied and distraught with their job. People who enjoy their job and work environment
will create more of a confident identity compared to someone who does not will have an
un-motivated identity. School has an impact as well when it comes to identity. It is where
a children, adolescents, and adults are influenced by acquiring knowledge and constantly
being surrounded by peers. Through school, memberships in friendship groups, cliques, or
"crews" helps build an identity apart from their relationship to parents. However,
over-identification with a clannish group that rejects anyone who looks or acts different
can limit personal growth.

Religion plays a part in a person's identity structure. It is the search of what one calls
faith in one's self and the worship of either one supreme being or numerous beings. But
religion comes in different formalities. There are those who were raised practicing their
religion, those who were influenced and converted, and those who were brainwashed. People
who practice a certain religion will more likely raise their children under that same
religion. Being raised practicing a religion creates the virtues and morals for that
person's identity from an early stage. It helps parents create a sense of direction and
inflict the core values their children need. Some people have no religion and end up
finding themselves searching for faith. They ask themselves questions such as, "who
created us?" Why are we here?" "Is there an after-life?" By doing so, they find a religion
suitable for them and begin another shaping in their identity. Forced attitude changing,
also known as being brainwashed is known through involvement in cults. Cults can have
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