I am working out some concepts about identity, and what better place to do that than on my blog.
We all have our true identity – the truest version of your Self. We also all have roles and identities that we project. Depending on the setting and the medium, you will play out some version of your Self.
It is possible to create some version of yourself – a role or an personae that represents you. As that projected identity interacts with others, they can in turn shape your identity. It continues on in that way. Positive reinforcement continues to shape your identity in positive ways and negative reinforcement in negative ways.
It is possible to have projected identities so far from the true self that you end up losing or loosing your identity. This identity is performed and acted out. An identity projection that is tighter or closer to your true identity doesn’t really need to be performed or remembered well because it is an identity that looks most like your true Self.
Technically, one is not better than the other. It’s just process. A tighter identity is much more integrated and developed one, but not necessarily better.
What do you think? Are you identity projections similar to the true self that comes out when no one is there?