How Did You Acquire Your Self-identity Is This Your True Identity Or Your Learned Identity?
I am sure it is a mixture.
Finally, we should be more awaken, so that we can really be our true selves.
Then, our lives' quality would increase surprisingly.
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For me, it's just always been there and always been both obvious and strong. It doesn't feel like something I "acquired". It feels like something I've just always known, something that I grew up with, and something that I've always used as a "base point" for how I live my life.
I don't see it as something we "acquire". I see it as something we recognize in ourselves.
I think it has to do with how sure and comfortable we are with ourselves when we're really, really, young; so I think a strong sense of identity/self comes from one's mother/parents in those first few years. I think a lot of people have that at, say, three years old; but for some people parents, other adults, society-in-general, etc. can be effective at eroding away at what is/should be natural in young children; and some don't have that inner sureness to stand up to things/values that eventually separate them from who/what they know they really are.
For me, the "identity" I've always been very comfortable with is my true one and certainly not one I learned.
People acquire their self-identity in myriad ways. As children, we are inculcated regarding our self-identity from parents, older siblings/cousins, other adult authority figures, religion, and the general society. At this early formative stage, what we know about ourselves is from these people and social/religious constructs.
As we become older, we begin to rely more upon ourselves for our self-identity. From our individual life experiences, we form and develop our self-identity which is separate from what others believe and perceive about us. However, there are some exceptions. There are children who are highly self-assured early in life. They have a strong self-identity which is separate from what they were taught from parents and other adult authoritative figures.
As children and young adolescents, many of us have a prescribed and learned self-identity. When many of us become more experienced and self-confident in our life paths, we come into a realization of our true identity. We cast off others' perceptions of our self-identity and evolve into our true identity. We learn who WE were, what WE want, and why WE are here!
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