Personal Identity is a concept which you develop about yourself over the course of your life. This may include aspects of your life that you have no control over, such as where you grow up or the color of your skin, as well as choices you make in life such as how you spend your time and what you believe.
Personal identity is a unique characteristic of every man, developed on the basis of one of their individual differences.
According to Allport, a great psychologist, in his theory of personality says that every man has some traits (Traits may be defined as relatively permanent and relatively consistent general behavior patterns that an individual exhibits in most situations. This is the basic units of one’s personality.) which are differently organized and combined in different people. Due to this reason a uniqueness is seen in every individual. This uniqueness is called personal identity of the individual.
Development of personal identity:-
Development of personal identity of every person starts from their infancy and it increase in the next years. As much as person reaches adulthood and grows old his personal identity becomes permanent and steady. It remain continue from birth to death and it is seen in every one. This personal identity affects the personal concept of the person.
Personal identity in the infants is seen in the effort of adjustment with new environment after birth. Personal identity of the infants at infancy is noticed in the food taking process, in the walking and in crying. The main cause of this personal identity of the infant at infancy is heredity. Food habits and felling of mother before birth of infant are responsible for this.
Sometimes parent’s attitude to child affects their child’s personal identity. For example – if the gender (male / female) of the child not acceptable to the parents then all behaviors of their child are bad to them. Besides this due to increase of the ages of the child they learn to respond others. After their respond, what kind of responds others do, affects child’s personal identity.
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