Identity And Self Concept Is Dependent Upon Social Interactions And Experiences

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Identity or self-concept is dependent upon social interactions and experiences. However, identity is also very much dependent upon the agency of one’s self-representation. Ranging from the clothing an individual selects, to vocabulary, to behaviors while interacting, people exhibit a version of their personality they want to be perceived by. The impression one embodies eventually becomes their self-understanding. It is then by interactions among family, friend networks, coworkers or classmates people come to know who they are and who they are not (Billington, 58). Due to responses received by the experience and interpellation pertaining to the emitted self-representation validates one’s identity. However, identity is an unfixed discourse constantly evolving. Depending on context, a person may alter their self-concept. Around family a person may be more open and expressive, yet in a professional setting more reserved and meek. Often a forgotten identity-altering factor is age. As people grow older, their identities change according to social interactions and the experiences connoted with age. Interestingly, despite society’s shared commonality of the aging process, each maturing experience and progression of identity is individualized. Therefore, this ideology can be explained by the concept of life course. Aging is a reality many people dislike to face. The notion of becoming older frightens many; nevertheless it is inevitable biological existence. While the aging process…
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