Everyone is in the process of identity formation. Everything that you’ve done and everything you’ve experienced has formed your sense of identity and self. Every thought you think and relationship that you are in – form you and your identity. Everyone has an Identity Self-Structure – some system of organizing all of your ideas, thoughts, habits, experiences, desires etc.
An identity self-structure is exactly what it sounds like. A structure that self has constructed that integrates all of these factors and all of these identities. The more complex the identity self-structure, the greater the ability to move in and out of all of the possible identities that you have created.
I have posted previously about identities – the ones you create and the ones you project(Constructing Identity; I and Me; You interact with I). It can get pretty complicated when you have multiple roles and multiple identities that you play. Each one of those identities that you create are versions of you – versions of self. Having an identity self-structure that is able to keep all of these integrated into the self allows for a very developed identity. Disintegration of those identities bring about confusion, the sense of being lost, a lot of anxiety and pain. Create a complex identity self-structure helps one to deal with the pain and anxiety that life brings.
How’s your identity self-structure?