A Deeper Understanding Of Identity

1559 Words Dec 5th, 2016 7 Pages
There are more than seven billion human beings living on Earth. While they are all homo sapiens, they possess different characteristics: name, age, nationality, socioeconomic status, and more. But it is the combination of these identities that makes every human complex and unique. A deeper understanding of identity requires organizing identities into two categories: factual and non-factual. Factual identities include features and attributes that could be seen with naked eyes or measured with instruments, such as race and age. Non-factual identities, like gender identity (different from the idea of biological sex) and social identity, are malleable because they depend on actions and perceptions from others. With that being said, identity could be changed under outside influences and one could change one’s non-factual identities through committing oneself in performance of certain actions associating with the desired identity, such as conforming to stereotypes. The changeable nature of non-factual identity also establishes that any identities in the category could not be determined as one’s “true” identity. There are two ways to approach non-factual identity according to Merriam-Webster dictionary. The first entry defines identity as “the distinguishing character or personality of an individual.” (“identity.”) An aspect of understanding this definition involves an introduction to the theory of Tabula Rasa, an idea which was first seen in the writing of Aristotle and…
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