My Sense Of Self And Your Own Identity

1346 Words Jan 6th, 2016 6 Pages
A sense of self is a general conscious awareness of your own identity. I have come to understand the term as it is what defines me and makes me one of a kind. It could be a certain look, attitude or personality trait. It could also be the way I view a certain person, thing or subject. My sense of self could even be my purpose in life, perhaps? If it is, then I would say that my sense of self is something that has changed over time and will continue to develop as I get older and my life is influenced by events, places and people. Developing my sense of self is key to living a satisfying and healthy life.
My sense of self started to develop when I was a child and growing up, I was surrounded by a large family and friends while I developed new skills, realised my strengths and tried to accept my limitations. My parents and older siblings taught me lessons which lead to develop my own set of morals, beliefs and values. They too provided me with experiences and a good sense of judgement that supported me while I began to individualise myself. Personally, emotional experiences have had the largest impact on developing my sense of self.
Good or bad, I have come to learn that when I am pushed to my limits, I get a better understanding of who I am. I have learnt, and continue to learn, from my family and friends how feelings can be used as a tool to help establish my needs and desires, e.g. anger can be a response from being hurt or scared. This emotion has allowed me to set limits…
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