When Sarah, young girl of 15, looks into the mirror doesn’t see what everyone else sees; as a result, she sees all the flaws while others see her best features. Everyone she meets see all her smiles and the beauty behind the eyes; instead When she leaves the presence of these people, Sarah , discouraged and depressed, beats herself up for messing these conversations up, for not being good enough, for not being who these people believe that she is. In the mirror Sarah sees as pain sickened girl who has seen too much, a girl too small to be considered anorexic, whose face is blemished and disturbed from too much dirt and neglect. In general, Sarah is not what she seems. So, are you really who you think you are? You might think you are person inside but in reality we are the exact opposite. Where does our sense of identity come from? Though it is correct that our environment affects our lifestyle, I would like to say that our identity is from within. It is the core of our soul and without it we are…empty. In the beginning the desire to know motivates people, any and everywhere, to go through conquests to scope out who they are. Though it’s thought to be that we have to find out who we are, I contradict this statement by saying that we are born ourselves. People believe that we must be shaped or trained as if we were dogs. Many people search for identity; however it’s already there. Thandie Newton, actor and dancer, was such that person who went looking for her identity but soon realized that she had herself all along. “…And my panic at not having a self that fit, and the confusion that came from myself being rejected, created anxiety, shame and hopelessness, which kind of defined me for a long time.” We just have to realize that each person is born with individuality about us. And when we realize and really understand that ourselves are a projection and that it has a function we stop giving it so much authority; eventually we give it its due. When we look for us we look for closure. When you become one with yourself you find that you have been you all along. In addition to actually being yourself, people aren’t at what they are a who. I believe that to call someone a nothing you’re actually calling them a something because when nothing is wrong there is always something. Identity is who you are not what you are. A number of people believe that the person you see is the true identity you are. When Sarah looks in the mirror the person she sees is not the person she is. All of the changing skin tones, the wild clothes, the bright shoes, the messy hair, and the exotic make-up is not who you are because when it all comes off what is left... nothing. So the you that you look for is within. In “Race Politics” two brothers –Hispanic brothers- crossed an invisible border into an all-white community. On their side of the line they were powerful but once they crossed over they became powerless, nothing, nada because of their skin and their ethnicity. They were beaten because they of the difference in their race. They were young Hispanic boys, 9 and 6, in an all grown up world of pure breed Americans that happen to be white. They were different, they oranges of the apples. In “The Road Not Taken” the narrator comes upon a split in the road. He doesn’t know which one to take. In terms of identity this could mean that he could be who he really is or what everyone else wants him to be. Really the eyes are the windows to the soul. Just as the paths in the poem “both wanted wear”
Occasion: Youth Camp
Objective: To enlighten the audience about their identities
Identity is Received and Not Achieved
A wonderful day to the very beautiful and handsome young people that is present here today! My name is Cris and I would like to tell you guys something that is a relevant issue in our society today. Now, I would appreciate it very much if you would lend me your ears for a brief twenty minutes of my speech regarding our identity.
Social Constructionism, Identity and the Concept of Deviance
Social constructionist use the term social construction to imply that our understanding of the world in which we live is constructed from the social interactions we have on a daily basis. In reference to identity, social constructionist theory (SCT) proposes that we as social beings actively construct our identities using social tools as the means in which to construct our identities, the foremost one being language.
As we know, identity is a historically constructed concept that plays a crucial role in helping understand the world and shape us as individuals. There are many aspects to ones identity such as cultural, social, economical and political. Despite the common factors that create ones identity such as race, ethnicity, class, gender, religion, our identity is also based on ideologies that are socially formed. This paper will focus on the identity of the narrator and how all the different aspects of identity…
IDENTITY AND BELONGING
‘Knowing where you belong is essential to our sense of identity’
The quest for personal discovery is a journey which every individual must undergo. The development of a sense of self is one of the greatest achievements one can derive from life. Identity is made up of a constellation of characteristics, none more essential than the sense of belonging we feel with others. Humans by nature are social creatures and as such, we all have an instinctual desire for acceptance…
Canada’s identity has changed and globalization takes part into this. There are three dimensions of globalization, economic, political and social globalizations, which make up what globalization really is and how it affects individuals. Those three dimensions can hurt and benefit us in many ways.
The following quote “Canada embraces globalization because we are the only country in the world that knows how to live without an identity.” – M. McLuhan is an accurate statement…
Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Friendster are all examples of exciting places on the internet where one can explore new people. Social networking sites are used to share information about who you are with the rest of the world. However, not all personal information is true. Creating a fake identity using social networks is becoming very popular in today’s society. Many people decide to make a profile with false personal information about them to meet a significant other, fulfill their desire to…
Summarise two theories of identity and compare their usefulness for explaining the real-world issues discussed in Chapter 1,'Identities and diversities'.
Identity is a complicated concept with theories taking different viewpoints to try and define the processes that produce it. Psychosocial identity theory and social identity theory have similarities and differences and vary in their usefulness for explaining real-world issues. PIT is based on formation of individual identity in a historical and community…
America’s youth has become corrupted by how we project ourselves as individuals.
We have become too selfreliant on our image due to the opinions of others and because of
that; keeping up with appearances can be a struggle. No other social class is put through this
hardship than the lower and lower middle class social classes. According to the National
Center for Law and Economic Justice “Census figures show that, in 2012, 6.6% of our
population, or 20.4 million people, were living in deep poverty…
determine Social Identity?
The issue of Identity is a complex one. Identity consists of innumerable defining characters that make up the whole of who we are in any given moment. These fragments of self-include our sexuality, gender and sense of belonging to a particular culture, nation, religion or family. It also includes our looks, personality, beliefs and fears and is “an unfolding story…continuing recast in the course of experience.” (Sennett, 2000: 176-177). Identity can also be influenced…
determine who we are and where we belong
Our origins are often referred to as our birth places, homeland or the environment around us. But they are just our “place origins”, the world “origin” means more than a place; the connections with family, with cultures, with friends, our experience and many other nonmaterial things that affect our perceptions of this world are also parts of our origins. But what is the relationship between our origins and our identity and belonging? Are we simply a mixture…