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Bethany Patch

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In a modern globalised world, how do you build or adapt your identity?

Bauman (Identity in the Globalizing World; 2001) writes that 'needing to become what one is is the feature of modern living'.
What means do you use to become yourself? Are they represented offline, online, or both? How do you build your identity? Is it easier or harder to maintain an identity when so much of our lives is online?


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    Aug 16 2013: I think, like you mentioned to Scott below, that when we realize we have the choice to shape our identity, we can go about sculpting it.

    However, there are also external forces, our life experiences, which may affect the person we are over time.

    Take for example someone who worked, oh, let's say in the military.
    They may have given orders to soldiers for a very long time.
    This same individual, once he establishes a home life, with a family, may go about treating his family like soldiers.
    He may inadvertently forget that little Susie is a 7 year old girl, and should not be treated like a member of the armed forces.

    I think we all have deeply entrenched patterns, that we might be aware of, or we might be oblivious to them.

    Some of these patterns may be for the upbuilding of others.
    While other patterns wreak havoc on interpersonal relationships........like the person who gets into an argument with every one they talk to, and doesn't see that it's them who has the problem in communication.

    I think that overall, some people reach a point in their life, when they know who they are.....and are true to themselves.
    Others, are always looking for who they are, and get tossed about, like the waves of the sea.

    [edit.....to build and adapt my identity, I reflect and meditate on scriptural principles found in the Bible]
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      Aug 19 2013: Yes, I agree Mary. I like the idea that we have the power to adjust even the deepest entrenchments of behaviour. Knowing that you have that power is crucial in being able to use it. It's somehow refreshing to know that interpersonal problems one has with others might actually be something within yourself that can be adjusted to improve those relationships...if that makes sense. Thankyou for your input!

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