Talk to me about identity.
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Identity is an essential aspect of who we are as individuals. It shapes our perception of ourselves, our relationships, our behaviour and how we navigate the world around us. Identity is often shaped by different factors such as our family, community, cultural background, social environment, and personal experiences.Talk to me about identity.
How does identity differ from sense of identity?In therapy, exploring and re-building one's sense of identity is an important component of the healing process.
Identity and sense of identity are related but different concepts. Identity refers to the different characteristics and traits that make a person unique, including their ethnicity, beliefs, interests, and personality. Sense of identity refers to an individual's perception of being a unique person with specific traits and characteristics. In other words, it is the subjective experience of who someone is and how they see themselves in the world.How does identity differ from sense of identity?
What if my strongest sense of identity is being Nothing & No One?Sense of identity is more than just a collection of characteristics or labels; it involves a deeper understanding of oneself. A strong sense of identity is usually characterized by a clear understanding of one's values, beliefs, and aspirations.
Feeling like you are "nothing and no one" can be an indication that you are struggling with a weakened sense of identity, often referred to as identity confusion. This can be a common experience for individuals who have gone through traumatic experiences such as PTSD.What if my strongest sense of identity is being Nothing & No One?
It is possible to find a sense of freedom in the idea of being able to do anything and be anyone. However, it is essential to recognize that holding onto this belief could be a defence mechanism that avoids dealing with difficult emotions and past trauma.And if I like being nothing & no one, as that allows me to do anything, or be anything needed?
It sounds like you have put significant effort into developing a sense of identity despite going through significant trauma that led to the shattering of your previous identity. It's impressive to have developed a new sense of self to the point where it provides you with purpose, values, and direction in life.I rebuilt my identity, from the ground up, a long long time ago… as I could no longer depend upon the foundations that had been… shattered. This meant, amongst other things
- Rewriting my own personal moral code
- Making choices/decisions about what I valued
- Learning what I loved, liked, don’t care one way or another about, dislike, & hate; personal preferences.
- Relearning how to take care of myself
- Deciding how to interact with others
- Deciding how much I cared about perception, and under what conditions, or circumstance, and to what lengths I would go to influence that perception
- Choosing my affect
- Learned how to be invisible / to disappear in as many situations as I could challenge myself with.
- Creating different mental ‘rule books’ to operate out of / compartmentalising variations of the above, based on numerous factors
- Amongst other things, I don’t recall in this moment.
I was still very much “me” throughout this process, just a better defined more well equipped me… the best version of myself I could duct tape together.
1. Did I miss anything?
2. Under stress, and certain other conditions, I still find it best / easiest & often the only way to find peace… to shift gears into being Nothing & No One.
3. Your thoughts / does the above suggest anything?
Please do discuss those effects.However, it might be worth discussing the long-term effects of disassociating oneself from the very sense of self you've worked hard to create
Dissociating from one's sense of self can have significant long-term effects. While detaching oneself from reality can provide temporary relief, it can also be detrimental to one's mental and emotional well-being.Please do discuss those effects.