4Your 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.
5Your Personal Identity Your personal identity depends a lot on your age and circumstances.Personal identityYour sense of yourself as a unique individual
6Influences on Personal Identity How Identity FormsInfluences on Personal IdentityLikes and DislikesRelationshipsExperiencesOpinionsValuesInterestsOccupational GoalsRelationship Experiences
7You may identify a role model who you look up to and want to be like. How Identity FormsYou may identify a role model who you look up to and want to be like.Role modelSomeone whose success or behavior serves as an example for you
8Aspects of IdentityYour personality sets you apart from other people and determines how you will react in certain situations.PersonalityA complex set of characteristics that makes you unique
9The 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.
10The Importance of Good Character A person of good character demonstrates core ethical values, such as responsibility, honesty, and respect.CharacterThe distinctive qualities that describe how a person thinks, feels, and behaves.
11Traits of Good Character Six Traits of Good CharacterTrustworthinessRespectResponsibilityFairnessCaringCitizenship
12Traits of Good Character By demonstrating the traits of good character consistently in your actions and behaviors, you show others that you have integrity.IntegrityA firm observance of core ethical values.
13Traits of Good Character Courtesy is a sign of respect.
14Working 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.
15Working Toward a Positive Identity Tips for Promoting a Healthy IdentityList your skills and strengths.Surround yourself with positive, supportive people.Find something that you love to do, and do it frequently.Stop making life a contest.Help someone else.
16Recognize 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.
17Demonstrate 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.
18Develop 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
19Form Meaningful Relationships Relationships provide a support system that can help you build confidence and develop a sense of security and belonging.
20Form Meaningful Relationships Within a meaningful relationship, family, friends or others may give you constructive criticism.Constructive criticismNon-hostile comments that point out problems and encourage improvement
21Form Meaningful Relationships This football player relies on his coach for honest feedback.Feedback is constructive criticism.
22Avoid Unhealthful High-Risk Behaviors Take healthful risks that challenge you to develop skills and to mature in new ways.Avoid These High Risk BehaviorsUsing TobaccoUsing Alcohol and Other DrugsReckless DrivingJoining a Gang
23Contribute to the Community Your community is your extended support system. It provides services and resources to meet many of your needs.
24Contribute 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.
25After You Read Reviewing Facts and Vocabulary Define the term personal identity.Personal identity is your sense of self as a unique individual.
26After You Read Reviewing Facts and Vocabulary Identify the six traits of good character.Trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship
27After You Read Reviewing Facts and Vocabulary Explain the benefit of constructive criticism.Constructive criticism helps you see things objectively when emotions or your perspective could cloud your thinking.