The Development of Personal Identity Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

The Development of Personal Identity
Discusses all of the different factors which contribute to the makeup of an individual's personal identity.
# 120292 | 1,010 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 08, 2010 in Sociology (General) , Psychology (General)

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This paper seeks to understand what distinguishes the character or personality of one individual from another. The author discusses several environmental and biological factors as possible contributors. The paper concludes by arguing that all personal experiences effect an individual directly or indirectly and although they are all different and happen at different times, these experiences add up to create the whole identity of a person.

From the Paper:

"Psychologists agree that the environment in addition to nature (biological forces) come together to form a person's identity. "In the debates over whether identity is a product of "nature" or "nurture," we could say that, as an adaptable species, human beings are much more than their genes" (Anderson 41). In the world of psychologists on which affects a child more, in the case of identity, it seems that a person is more than what they are given biologically. However, there is not one point in one's life where the identity stops evolving. As we continue to talk about ourselves and share our stories with others, our identity changes a bit. "This process not only offers the individual a sense of order to his/her life but also a sense of continuity over time. Periods of major disruptions are merely seen as turning points" (Dien 1). A person's identity continue to change through time and make it seem constant until an important change show up to re-direct and re-evaluate one's identity. The changes can happen to a person individually or the changes can happen elsewhere in a person's space. Where ever the changes may be, according to the diagram in figure one, a person can and will be affected. Not only does a direct contact between individual alter a person's life, there can also be indirect contact as well as global changes that can alter a person's identity. "And the process of knowing oneself is in constant motion too, because the self is always changing" (329). Griffin agrees that trying to figure out one's identity never seems to end because a person always keeps getting re-shaped as time goes by."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bartholomae, David and Anthony Petrosky. Ways of Reading: An Anthology for Writers (7th edition). New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2005.
  • Sigelman, Carol K. and Rider, Elizabeth A. Life-Span Human Development (Fifth Edition). California: Thomson Wadsworth, 2006

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