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Healthy identity is based on being a person of good character.
personal identity role model personality character integrity constructive criticism
Your Personal Identity Your personal identity describes who you are. Identity development is one of the most important tasks you will accomplish during your teen years.
Your sense of yourself as a unique individual Your Personal Identity Your personal identity depends a lot on your age and circumstances. Personal identity
How Identity Forms Influences on Personal Identity Likes and Dislikes Relationships Experiences Opinions Values Interests Occupational Goals Relationship Experiences
How Identity Forms You may identify a role model who you look up to and want to be like. Role model Someone whose success or behavior serves as an example for you
Aspects of Identity Your personality sets you apart from other people and determines how you will react in certain situations. Personality A complex set of characteristics that makes you unique
The Importance of Good Character Character plays a significant role in your decisions, actions, and behavior. Good character is an outward expression of inner values and is a vital part of healthy identity.
The Importance of Good Character A person of good character demonstrates core ethical values, such as responsibility, honesty, and respect. Character The distinctive qualities that describe how a person thinks, feels, and behaves.
Traits of Good Character Six Traits of Good Character TrustworthinessRespectResponsibility FairnessCaringCitizenship
Traits of Good Character By demonstrating the traits of good character consistently in your actions and behaviors, you show others that you have integrity. Integrity A firm observance of core ethical values.
Traits of Good Character Courtesy is a sign of respect.
Working Toward a Positive Identity You can develop a healthy identity. Your family and your circumstances influence your identity, but as you mature, you control who you become.
Working Toward a Positive Identity Find something that you love to do, and do it frequently. Surround yourself with positive, supportive people. List your skills and strengths. Tips for Promoting a Healthy Identity Help someone else. Stop making life a contest.
Recognize Your Strengths and Weaknesses To begin to understand your identity: Analyze your strengths and weaknesses. Be proud of yourself and your strengths. Be aware of your weaknesses and set realistic goals to improve.
Demonstrate Positive Values Practicing good character is not always easy, but it helps you build a positive identity. Take actions that demonstrate positive values to build character and a positive identity.
Develop a Purpose in Your Life A sense of purpose helps you set goals and work to achieve them. A sense of purpose also provides you with a framework to build a healthy identity
Form Meaningful Relationships Relationships provide a support system that can help you build confidence and develop a sense of security and belonging.
Form Meaningful Relationships Within a meaningful relationship, family, friends or others may give you constructive criticism. Constructive criticism Non-hostile comments that point out problems and encourage improvement
Form Meaningful Relationships Feedback is constructive criticism. This football player relies on his coach for honest feedback.
Avoid Unhealthful High-Risk Behaviors Take healthful risks that challenge you to develop skills and to mature in new ways. Avoid These High Risk Behaviors Using Tobacco Using Alcohol and Other Drugs Reckless Driving Joining a Gang
Contribute to the Community Your community is your extended support system. It provides services and resources to meet many of your needs.
Contribute to the Community Giving back to the community improves the quality of people’s lives, gives you a sense of accomplishment and belonging, and increases your self-esteem.
After You Read Reviewing Facts and Vocabulary 1.Define the term personal identity. Personal identity is your sense of self as a unique individual.
After You Read Reviewing Facts and Vocabulary 2.Identify the six traits of good character. Trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship
After You Read Reviewing Facts and Vocabulary 3.Explain the benefit of constructive criticism. Constructive criticism helps you see things objectively when emotions or your perspective could cloud your thinking.