Developing a Positive Identity Objective 1: Define developmental assets and how they can keep you from risky behaviors. Objective 2: Construct strategies for developing a healthy identity. Objective 3: Correlate how self- esteem and a positive outlook benefit your mental/emotional health.
Your Personal Identity (pg. 178) Personal Identity –Your sense of yourself as a unique individual Like putting together a jigsaw puzzle, including your; –Interests –Likes and dislikes –Talents and Abilities –Values and beliefs –Goals
Developmental Assets The building blocks of development that help young people grow up as healthy, caring and responsible individuals. Developmental Assets include; –Support –Empowerment –Boundaries and Expectations –Constructive Use of Time –Commitment to Learning –Positive Values –Social Competencies –Positive Identity Page 179 Figure 7.3
Answer on your own paper Which of these Developmental assets Do you consider especially important? (it can be more than one. WHY?????????
What it takes to Gain a Healthy Identity (pg. 181) –1) Recognize your strengths and weaknesses Take pride in your strengths and accomplishments Set goals for accomplishing your weaknesses –Activity: Partner up and list 3 different strengths you feel your partner has –List 3 of your weaknesses. THEN, what are you doing to improve your weakness? –2) Demonstrate positive values Guide your actions and influence the decisions you make. Ex: show honesty, comfort a sad friend, being trustworthy, etc. –Activity: Share a story with your partner when you demonstrated one of your positive values and how you felt afterwards.
Healthy Identity –3) Develop a purpose in your life Framework for your mental health as your grow Sense of purpose = goals and achieving them –Activity: Share one long term goal with your partner and WHY you want to achieve it. Will the why bring you happiness? Discuss. - 4) Form meaningful relationships Helps develop a sense of purpose in your life Helps build confidence and a sense of security or belonging –Activity: Share with your partner how a person can be a positive influence on you and how they could be a negative influence on you.
Healthy Identity 5) Contribute to the community –Provides services and resources to meet your needs –Giving back gives you a sense of accomplishment 6) Avoid unhealthy risk behaviors –A normal part of life, helps define and develop you –Healthful risk-taking has a positive effect on developing who you are as a person –Unhealthy risks can be dangerous
Self-Esteem and Positive Outlooks Self-Esteem- Comes from the understanding that you are a unique and valuable human being. When you have a healthy identity, you will experience increased self-esteem and a higher level of mental/emotional health. Having a positive outlook is also related to your general level of wellness
Working Toward High Self-Esteem (pg. 182) People with high self-esteem…. –Take responsibility for their behavior –Generally have a positive outlook on life –Like and accept who they are overall –Try to learn from their successes as well as from their mistakes –Build and maintain healthy relationships To improve self-esteem… –Think of appropriate ways to share your positive attributes –Engage in behaviors that will promote your health
Realistic Patterns of Thinking To increase your self-esteem and develop a positive outlook on life, its important to see events REALISTICALLY. Constructive Criticism –Non-hostile comments that point out problems and encourage improvement Analyzing Self-Talk –Replace negative messages with constructive criticism. If you make a mistake, tell yourself everyone makes mistakes and LEARN from your mistake. –Be able to tell yourself “Good Job!”
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