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Personal Identity

The idea you have of yourself as a unique individual. It is a collection of traits that distinguishes you from others


Collective Identity

An identity that you share with other people as a member of a large social group (language, faith, cultural)


Beliefs and Values

Important aspects of identity that influence behaviour and choices, and that guide people in their interactions with others and how they view the world



A set of principles or ideas that explains your world and your place within it, which is based on certain assumptions about human nature and society and provides an interpretation of the past, an explanation of the present, and a vision for the future


Family Influence

Families have a strong influence on their children's identities. The earliest influence on their personal beliefs and values is their family.


Relating Gender to Beliefs and Values

Different cultures assign specific gender roles to their members.
" man is hunter, woman is his game"
"man for the field and woman for the hearth"
"man for the sword and for the needle she"


Religion and Spirituality

Spirituality can be expressed outside of religious beliefs systems and can guide people's beliefs, values and worldview.
Religion can inform particular ideologies. Many ideologies are secular, but support the idea of religious freedom in society.



Concern for the environment is not new, increasing environmental awareness has had an enormous influence on the lives of many individuals. it has changed their daily habits (reuse, reduce, recycle). it has also influenced how some people vote.


Relationship to Land

The relationship you have to the land you inhabit is another factor that influences your beliefs and beliefs.
A farmer will have a different worldview than a journalist living in the city.


Language and Ideology

Language is ne way in which people communicate beliefs and values, worldview and culture, and sense of self. Minority groups will see their language as an integral part to their identity.



The form of communication is more important than the actual content.