Exercise: My Identities

The Multi-Faceted Nature of Identity

We all have lots of different perspectives based on our own identity. And that’s in large part because we all have lots of identities.

The following self-assessment will help you take stock of your own cognitive diversity by asking you to answer some questions about yourself.

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Understanding your own multi-faceted identities can help you operate from both a place of strength (knowing the unique perspectives you can bring to a group, even when those perspectives are not obvious from looking at you) and help reinforce at a cognitive level an important fact:

Identities are tools we can use, not objects that we are.

As we journey through our lives, learn, and join groups, we take on additional identities and sometimes let go of others. In other words, we don’t have to operate from a fixed place when it comes to identity and perspective.

Understanding this can also help you understand the cognitive diversity around you—and where you could use more of it.

Think about this while we spend the next few lessons talking about actually dealing with our differences when we collaborate—in practice, not just in theory.