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Avowal

• In: Encyclopedia of Identity
• Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
• Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

In essence, to avow is to acknowledge openly. An avowed identity is an identity that is acknowledged openly. This entry explores the background, actualization, and application of avowal with regard to identity.

Background

Ruthellen Josselson defined identity as an unconscious process that unites personality and links the individual to the social world. Although one's identity grows in assurance and sophistication across the life span, it is somewhat stable and consistent. People learn about themselves by connecting with the self, observing what ...