Self identity stems from the notion of emancipating the calls of the real person is portrayed. A healthy self-identity, in my own perspective, calls for identifying the issues that affect a person. It relates to how one can be sincere and honest with himself in line with the abilities that he possesses. It also touches on the identification of the weaknesses that one may have, and working on them to be a better person. A healthy self identity gives one room to initiate discipline and belief in his endeavors, hence ensuring that one does not fall behind the peer cocoon.
One, in line with embracing a healthy self identity, should accept any shortfalls that he has been experiencing. One also has to conform to the fact that he exists in society, and all his dealings should be in line with the desired norms within the given realm. Despite a healthy self identity having an individualistic calling, the environmental concerns should always be considered. The environment also contributes towards one’s self-identity since it allows one to understand how he can interact with others in the society. I consider the fact that one cannot have a healthy self-identity without considering other societal parties that exist. It should be a process that includes all parties, their feelings and conforming.
A healthy self identity also has a religious connotation, giving credence to the teachings of the Bible. One should have a healthy self identity in line with the teachings of the Bible. The Bible has many verses in line with the way one has to live his life and carry out the daily chores. It calls for respect of parents (Ephesians, 6:1), and also reveres the institution of the society. Since the Bible also considers the environment as a major aspect of a healthy self identity, I concur with the teachings.Compare and contrast the Bible’s view and the textbook’s view of “healthy” self identity.
The Bible and the Santrock’s book, both consider the calls for healthy self identity. The Bible gives credit to a healthy self identity by giving people hope that we have been accepted in heaven. John (1:12) states how we stem out as being God’s Children, which shows the stature we posses in His presence. Romans (5:1) clearly elucidates on how we have been justified, hence in relation to a healthy self identity, people should be confident in life. Being bought at a price and belonging to God, as postulated in 1 Corinthians (6:19-20) portrays the value that people should embrace in line with their self identity. Santrock, on the other hand, works on the issues related to people taking time to relate to their position in society. Hr considers the institutions that exist in society; hence people have to conform to the same. There are leaders and norms that have to be followed; therefore, people are not completely free to practice what they wish (Santrock, 2005).
In line with having a healthy self identity, the Bible calls for one to relate to his significance in the society. One should understand what he has been called upon to tackle in the world. The Bible states that we are God’s temple (1 Corinthians 3:16), meaning that one’s healthy self identity should consider the magnitude of importance that he has in the world. Being a temple of Christ shows the great institution that people are in line with the Bible. The Book of Philippians (4:13) elucidates on how we have the power to do all things through Christ. It shows that people should trust their abilities to tackle scenarios, and bear confidence whenever handling issues. Santrock, in his realm, calls for dedication and time in a bid to understand what one possess. The abilities that one has majorly center on the talents and gifts that they have, or identify. He calls people to understand the callings within the society, in order to avoid being in conflict with any realm (Santrock, 2005).
Santrock, J. (2005). Adolescence (5th Edition). New York: McGraw-Hill.