Personal Identity vs Social Identity
The field of psychology has many theories on why people are the way they are, why they feel the way they feel, and how they come to be the person who they will eventually come to be.
A person’s image of themselves helps them to define who they believe they are and how they fit into society and the world. That makes self-awareness important because it defines how they handle change, be it positive or negative.
The intention of the Torri Enso Life-Balance is to understand the importance of self-awareness. Self-awareness is a strength that supports us in understanding who we are and is based on two distinct parts.
The two distinct parts consists of personal and social identity. From a very early age we evaluate internally and externally how we interact with people and our environment, trying to develop an image of the person we would like to become.
The internal facets that develops our identity is based on how the mind controls what we think about ourselves based on the interactions and environment. The external facets that develops our identity come from family, community, and other social influences.
Personal identity includes personality traits, beliefs, emotions, and characteristics that help to define each individual person. It is purely internal.
Traits, belonging and beliefs
Social identity is mostly external. It includes the groups we belong to and identify with. That may be sexual, religious, educational, racial, career oriented, or really any group of people that a person can identify with.
Life-Balance is fluid, starting from a young age, changing continuously throughout a person’s life. As we naturally progress through life, we experience new things, gain new knowledge, and figure out who we truly are.