Identity can be constructed. Identity can be self-constructed, but it can also be socially-constructed – which I thnk is just another form of self-construction, but initiated by social interaction.
Self-Construction: It is when you consciously or subconsciously determine your own identity. You construct possible roles or me’s that determine your identity. You can project a certain look or confidence about yourself. You can come across how ever you want to. You construct your sense of self and identity.
Socially-Construction: Happens when certain social interactions and relationships shape your identity. It is the development of the pseudo-self. It is external validation of identity or self. In relationship, others can validate your sense of self, and it could be a positive validation. Other times, the validation comes from a perceived attitude or perceived conditioning that then shapes identity. One can superimpose what they think other’s are thinking about themselves – and that then shapes identity = your perception of someone’s perception of you. Ultimately, you create a perception of a perception that creates you. Touching isn’t it.
Understand that identity can be constructed. The self can construct it or it can be constructed by social interactions.