American Culture - Unit 1: What shapes our identity?
“One’s identity is a combination of many things. It includes the labels others place on us, as well as ideas we have about who we want to be. Gender, ethnicity, religion, occupation, and physical characteristics all contribute to one’s identity. So do ties to a particular neighborhood, school, community, or nation. Our values and beliefs are also a part of who we are as individuals, as are the experiences that have shaped our lives...
- Some aspects of our identities are consistent over our lives; others change as we gain skills and have different roles in life.
- Some aspects of our identities feel very central to who we are no matter where we are; others might feel more like background or depend on the situation.
- Some identities are labels that others put on us. While others see us as having that identity, we don't.”