Why Is Our Identity Important?

Totality of “Me”

Identity refers to the totality of what we recognize as “me.” It is one of the most defining aspects of our personal psychology and social orientation, and it’s studied widely by psychologists, sociologists, and anthropologists.

Our Story & Experiences

  • Identity is the story that we tell ourselves and others about who and what we are.
  • Identity holds all of our important experiences — it links our past to our future and connects us to our people and ancestors, to their triumphs and struggles. Identity has many different dimensions, including personal, cultural, national, and gender.
  • Identity provides stability to our life through its set of orienting beliefs and ideas, collection of memories and stories, roles and expectations, as well as positive and negative experiences.

Compassionate Conversations
Diane Musho Hamilton, Gabriel Menegale Wilson, Kimberly Myosai Loh

2 thoughts on “Why Is Our Identity Important?

  1. Katharine Hepburn wrote her 1991 autobiography and titled it “Me”. Gertrude Stein wrote “Everybody’s Biography” continuing where “The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas” left off. It was published in 1937. Both women appropriated the common human need to be “the One”, the center of her universe thus examining the personal drive of self importance via celebrity.

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