(Glenn Bigonet 2021)
Talking about the topic of identity I thought mostly of people’s perception on themselves. Sure it’s great being identified by other people, but upon researching I read something interesting. “People see themselves differently from how they see others. They are immersed in their own sensations, emotions, and cognitions at the same time that their experience of others is dominated by what can be observed externally.” -(JSTOR, 2021). This caught my attention because it made me realise, I spend so much time broadcasting myself, my appearance, my manners in such a sense that only I can see in my own head, and I see what I see using my own bias. We all have an opinion of ourselves, negative or positive, but no matter how we see ourselves, others looking in will never see that same picture that you see of your own self. Not only psychologically do we see ourselves different but also physically! According to (Atasoy, 2021) “In a series of studies, Epley and Whitchurch showed that we see ourselves as better looking than we actually are”, it’s fascinating that we spend so much time complaining to others about how “ugly” we are and we can’t actually see the full ugliness, yet loved ones will call you beautiful. Your identity may not be to others what it is to you.
Atasoy, O., 2021. You Are Less Beautiful Than You Think. [online] Scientific American. Available at: <https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/you-are-less-beautiful-than-you-think/> [Accessed 3 February 2021].
Jstor.org. 2021. How We See Ourselves and How We See Others on JSTOR. [online] Available at: <https://www.jstor.org/stable/20054831?seq=1> [Accessed 3 February 2021].
Glennbigonet.com. 2021. Glenn Bigonet – Mental Health Counselor – Home Page. [online] Available at: <https://glennbigonet.com/Self-EsteemandIdentity.htm> [Accessed 3 February 2021].