Deep inside all of us, we know there is someone who we were born as, grow up as, and will die as. We can feel when we are being true to ourselves, and conversely we can feel when we are pretending to be something other than our individual selves. However, many people spend a lifetime searching to find exactly who this person is, and how to be this person all the time. However, it is difficult to determine how much of our identity is a non-changeable permanent part of ourselves, and how much has been cast over us like a cloak via external influences including culture, religion, disabilities, family, friends, pop culture, and the media. These perceptions, assumptions, and roles inevitably affect how we develop as people, and often cloud our
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American identity is indefinitely a question of character. However, the face of America is ever changing since it is a country of immigrants that still strive to maintain their distinct cultures. Personally, I do not believe that race has anything to do with shaping our identities. Rather, our culture and upbringing define us as people. For example, if a white baby was raised by an indigenous African tribe, the baby would grow up as it were an African child. Though culture and race are intertwined, they are two completely different entities. Furthermore, religion is a huge part of our culture. Because it is something that has greatly affected the way I have grown up, it is a huge part of my personal identity.
“Your true self identity is a part of you that is changeless, regardless of the circumstance or how other people view us” (Kubler-Ross & Kessler). However, the media and pop culture often tries to dictate how we should perceive ourselves. Since the people on television appear to live luxurious, easy lifestyles, many people wish to live the same as celebrities. Unfortunately, we place ourselves in roles we cannot fill. Some people believe that having endless amounts of money, driving nice cars, or having a high social status like celebrities will make them happier. Though these material items will provide