Defining My Own Personal Identity

1903 WordsSep 26, 20158 Pages
My Identity What is identity? Identity, to me is like a core of an individual or their inner story, which can neither be seen nor stated at once because it does not lie on the surface. I believe identity is a part of the self; therefore, it takes longer to discover one’s self in full, if possible at all. You shape one’s identity through different important roles, which have a strong factor in one’s life such as culture. Culture identity is often defined as the feeling of belonging to a group, which is part of a person’s self-conception and self-perception. It is both inherited and constantly evolving. It also refers to the traditions, customs, and practices that affect a person. I believe defining my own personal identity can take a lifetime and to complicate matters, my identity changes throughout my own personal development. In my life, culture identity is very important because it is who I am. It has shaped me into the person I am now. I identify ethnically as Irish and Portuguese. Although I identify as Portuguese, I am sometimes confused on my ethnic background because I have very little information about my Portuguese heritage. My mother is mostly Irish, but mixed with a percentage of Portuguese. On my maternal side my great-grandfather was from the Azores, the islands off of Portugal and my great-grandmother was from Ireland. Their family’s both came to America to build a better life, where they eventually met and fell in love. My great-grandfather was a merchant
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