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Personal Identity versus Self-Identity

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

The terms personal identity and self-identity can be traced to ancient Greece and are at the heart of the basic philosophical question: Who am I? Both terms explore what it means to be human, their broad nature allowing them to be engaged through a variety of perspectives that include psychological, philosophical, psychosocial, and narrative. Although the terms are often used interchangeably, C. O. Evans differentiates the terms by referring to personal identity as the identity of persons other than ourselves and self-identity as being aware of one's own identity. The relationship ...

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