Who Am I ?

"Who Am I?" "Am I who I say I am?" or "Am I all I ought to be?"These questions serve as a basis to find out a person’s true identity. Reflecting and questioning one’s identity and actions eventually leads to ones true definition of self. There are a variety of techniques that help us enhance and our identities, so if one is not all who they out to be, these techniques will boost them up on desired attributes.

Who am I? I am a twenty year old female and junior at Prairie View A&M University. I am a sister, daughter, niece, cousin, leader, and a great friend. By blood and heart I am a Nigerian, but I am also an American. As a Christian, I am a lively and social person which still stays studious. I am educated in a variety of subjects which were either innate, or learned by experiences or through society and culture. I say I am all of these descriptions and more, and I am characterized by all of these descriptions. I am who I ought to be in the sense that who I am is installed into me, but that can be circumstantial due to timing. For example, as a student I am
attempting to study psychology to be a psychologist, but at this present point, I am not one. This title will be attained over time. Different characteristics are attained through time and conditioning. For example, I may want to be a more patient person, but at the moment I could exercise ways of trying to be more patient. Here I have the characteristic of being patient inside of me, but it takes me to bring it out for it to be externally shown.

Society has given us a duty to maintain our independence of self as a self controlled entity. I was raised to be unique, realize my inner self, express myself, and uphold goals throughout my live. These duties were designed to encourage my independence and as I successfully carry out these tasks, my self-esteem steadily increases.

Multicultural identities are more common in today’s world with individuals having two or more cultural identities. I personally have two cultural identities, which are that of my native group of Nigerians combined with that of an American. Present in my Nigerian culture is a social and collective type of identity, but also as an American, I also contain considerable individualistic aspects from that culture. Having the use of both individualistic and collectivist worldviews in organizing my perceptions of others, I tend to endorse both cultural tendencies.

Self enhancement refers to a multiplicity of psychological processes by which individuals reinforce or enhance their self-esteem. Through reflecting and positively affirming myself, I gain a higher boost of self-esteem opposed to someone who does not. Moreover, as I mentioned before reflecting on an individual’s characteristics or deeds could be explained by people who exhibit a self-serving bias. A self-serving bias is described as good deeds being attributed to internal attributes, but bad deeds or failure to external factors. If I receive a good grade in class, I attribute that deed to my hard working hours that I used to study for the tests and time to complete the homework assignments. Essentially, I attribute the good grade to internal factors. The good grade that I receive ties in to how I said I am a studious and educated individual, and that is who I am.

Moreover, self-enhancement techniques vary by culture. Outside of the United States, techniques like the self-serving bias may not be used to enhance self-esteem. The internal or external attributes could be explained by an individual that may not use these techniques for self-enhancement that their good deeds happened because of good luck or hard work; and their failures happened because of their lack of abilities. Thus, some cultures could focus more on community-related traits opposed to their own individual attributes. I personally

Attributions are the assumptions people make about the causes of events and their own and others’ behaviors. They let us to take a deeper look at the biases people have when explaining other’s behaviors, which eventually affect their own behavior. A person can infer that because I make good grades, I am a nerd with no social life. Their inference will change the way they talk to me and due to their inference, they may exclude from asking me to social events and so on. As I mentioned before, I am studious but I am also a social person. I feel attributions come from the way we understand the world around us and our understanding of the behaviors of others.