Understanding Self Identity Who I am? It is my opinion that our understanding of our roles in the world and the universe, and how to influence it have come a long way in the last decades of humanity.
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Liu Although my last piece on identity was specifically addressing being Chinese-American, I received many messages from people of all ages, all around the world with many saying that I had articulated the pervasive pain of not fitting in; my piece seemed to resonate with their social wounds.
I came to realize that this was a shared narrative with no fixed racial or cultural background: It is a collective and contemporary identity crisis.
The piece prompted a deeper exploration of my self-hood. I published it with no aim in mind, without editing, as a mode of expression during a particularly difficult time. I never anticipated the feedback I received nor the heavy circulation. Besides the much appreciated outpour of support and empathy it elicited, I also received many responses from strangers telling me how I look, who I am, and how I should feel.
They psychoanalyzed me and pathologized me.
In ways, I was haunted by my own words because they were exposing. Although they marked the past for me, they represented me presently to my readers; I felt enough panic and embarrassment to remove my social media accounts. I did this because of visibility; I wanted nothing more than to not exist; to be invisible.
My own identity crisis triggered me to think about how this collective identity crisis is heightened as a direct result of technology. With social networks, we are given the agency to create and represent our identities in a way that completely modifies the way we are perceived publicly more than our wardrobes and hair styles ever could.
This identity permeates our off-line identities as we become more dependent on the online versions of ourselves for a cohesive presence; private and public lines are blurring, mediated by digital hyper-connectivity.
Not only are our social media numbers dictating our social worth, sometimes even our careers are contingent on our social media following. Where do we turn when we meet someone new and wish to know more about them? A quick search on Facebook gleans who we know in common and gives us a better understanding of their social circle.
A search on Instagram reveals where they spend their time and a quick peak into their aesthetics. A search on Twitter reveals their voice: What issues matter to them, what hashtags do they weigh in on and how do they interact with others?
No matter which outlet, we figure out how to better place them in a schema or even better ways to "connect" to them without them truly interacting with us.
We are trading in an artificial sense of connection for a real one. As we continue to digitalize our presence, our "self" moves further into a digital space. At least before the internet we had smaller social networks to manage, and now we each function in a global network.Find out how you rate with this 4-question identity quiz that will test your own status on identity issues no matter what your age.
Her latest book is The Search for Fulfillment. In Print. Jews or Christians: the followers of Jesus in search of their own identity.
[Giorgio Jossa] Home. WorldCat Home About WorldCat Help. Search. Search for Library Items Search for Lists Search for Contacts Search for a Library. Create. I came to realize that this was a shared narrative with no fixed racial or cultural background: my own search for identity, though anchored in part by my own experiences, is part of something larger.
It is a collective and contemporary identity crisis. The piece prompted a deeper exploration of my self-hood. It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity. At some time, every creature which lives must do so. It is the ultimate shadow, the defeat of creation; this is the curse at work, the curse that feeds on all life.
I need to search for my own identity, which leads me to the purpose of this essay. Rodriguez and Paz have discussed this particular problem of identity. All three have different viewpoints.
The term “Mexican-American” is the very reason why I find myself confused about who I really am. I need to search for my own identity, which leads me to the purpose of this essay. Rodriguez and Paz have discussed this particular problem of identity.
All three have different viewpoints. Some of their ideas are similar but mostly.