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Sense of Self: What It Is and How to Build It

Sense of Self: What It Is and How to Build It

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Sense Of Self

Sense Of Self

Your sense of self refers to your perception of the collection of characteristics that define you.

Personality traits , abilities, likes and dislikes, your belief system or moral code, and the things that motivate you — these all contribute to self-image or your unique identity as a person.


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“Having a well-developed sense of self is hugely beneficial in helping us make choices in life. From something as small as favorite foods to larger concerns like personal values, knowing what comes from our own self versus what comes from others allows us to live authentically.”



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Checking Your Sense Of Self

Checking Your Sense Of Self

STRENGTHS: recognize your strengths and believe in your ability to use strengths to achieve goals

HAPPINESS: What brings you joy?

VALUES: traits you prioritize and live by (ex. Empathy, Trustworthiness, Kindness,etc.)

CHOICES: Making choices based on your desires and goals indicates strong sense of self.


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Factors That Influence Sense Of Self

Factors That Influence Sense Of Self

  • Individuation: starts in childhood; unique self develops through exploration, learning, and expressing needs and desires
  • Attachment: relationship with parents/guardians; insecure attachment can affect identity and future relationships
  • Desire to fit in socially


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Building A Strong Sense Of Se

Building A Strong Sense Of Se

  • Defining values and personal beliefs are important to identity development because they can help you see what matters most in your life
  • Make your own choices
  • Spend time alone


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Intelligent and inquisitive mother of one son and two dogs. Not afraid to admit I'm a little crazy and weird. I love learning about social sciences, new information on mental health, meditation, yoga, dance, music, and all animals.


I personally feel a little lost when it comes to identity and sense of self. Here's some basic information if anyone else feels unsteady!

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