Our identity begins to form early in our lives and is commonly inspired by family, culture, language, religion/beliefs, hobbies/interest, and more. Knowing who we are (self-awareness) allows us to find our place in the world and feel a sense of belonging and acceptance with others.
A big part of self-awareness is noticing our own strengths and weaknesses. One helpful strategy to understanding ourselves more fully is to gather feedback from an outside perspective. Our self-image impacts how we see ourselves and how others see us.
Though it is helpful to celebrate the strengths of others, comparison can be harmful. Too often, we compare our weaknesses to others’ strengths without seeing the whole picture. Comparison and low self-image can leave people susceptible to negative peer pressure. However, positive peer pressure creates environments where people feel safe enough to be and improve themselves.
Family Heritage. As a family, learn about your ancestors. Read records that you find online or in old journals. Interview grandparents and record the interview so you can keep the audio file forever. Ask questions to help you understand where your family came from, how they overcame challenges, and how they helped shape you into who you are today.
Peer Pressure Role Play. Make a list of situations where you have felt or could feel pressure from others. Practice how to respond respectfully while still maintaining the values and characteristics that help you feel your best.