Characteristics of people with a well-formed identity include the following descriptions:
- •He is comfortable with who he is and does not try to live the identity of another person.
- •She recognizes and accepts her strengths, limitations, talents, and aptitudes.
- •He chooses which qualities of others and which environments are most beneficial for self grow
- •She knows what psychological defenses are most appropriate for her in the face of threat and anxiety.
- •He has learned what instincts/intuitions, needs and roles are most useful to his well-being.
- •She is counted upon as an accountable part of a larger whole.
Identity means who I truly am or who I believe I truly am. The value that I place on my perception of myself is called self-esteem. Clearly, identity formation is at the heart of self-esteem. It is crucial, also, to conscience formation, moral attitudes, spiritual development, pro-social behavior, healthy relationships, and personal accomplishment.
Parents establish the foundation for identity formation through parenting practices that support growth in personal security, autonomy, initiative, and industry. Teachers contribute to growth in identity and positive self-esteem when their interaction, classroom practices and teaching strategies provide student exercise in those same foundational elements.