16 February 2009

Reflecting on identity

Our identities are often shaped by how we believe we are perceived by others. How we respond to other people may also depend on our perceptions of our social selves.

None of the bloggers who know me in the "real world" have been told that I have become a blogger now. They do not know me as Via. I wonder if they will find my blogs without me telling them where to look, and even without knowing that I have been blogging. It is an interesting secret to keep.

12 February 2009

A patient patient

Does your sense of identity change whenever you are feeling unwell? Do people label you in terms of a perceived disability? Has an injury ever made you think differently about yourself?

07 February 2009

Brand Names

Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? Unlike the poetic language used by Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet, Act Two, Scene Two), I would say that it depends on how the rose is marketed if it has another name.

06 February 2009

Understanding

I have been developing the link list here today, to assist your explorations of identity, and my own.

Explorations may lead to understanding. Understanding can often lead to peace, and also to wisdom and compassion. I have written a book on the topic if you might be interested.

There will be more about that later in my Quieter Living blog.


Why do you think politicians and would-be celebrities are more interested in making a name for themselves than living quietly?

Who are the politicians most liked and disliked in your society?

Do you have a love-hate-indifferent attitude towards particular celebrities. Do you know why?

03 February 2009

Name Games and the Wider World

Is me a name you call yourself to yourself or do you only use the word me in the presence of a real or imaginary audience? If you do a spot of blogging yourself, what were your reasons for choosing your blogger name? Please feel free to enlighten me (you do not need to reveal any personal details).

01 February 2009

Dear Visitor

You may have realised that I am new to blogging.  Fortunately, I have had a very interesting and enjoyable time, in the last couple of weeks, exploring a few blogs by other people and finding out interesting things about strangers who share one or more of my interests.  I had never read any blogs before let alone written one. 

As every moment of my life is important to me, I only want to do things giving me a sense of purpose.

What, then, is the purpose of this blog, dear visitor?

What is its purpose for me?

What is its purpose for you?


Reasoning


If you are wondering why I have begun four blogs instead of just one, the reason is simple.  If I could not categorise and separate my numerous activities and interests, and group them in productive ways, I would go completely mad!


Identity


This entry is here in this blog because I would like to tell you a little bit more about my real name in relation to identity. I usually publish using just my initials and surname. This is to ensure that my gender and cultural background are not major factors in readers' minds when they form judgements about the ideas I express.


Understanding


Bias creeps in from all sorts of directions in the social sciences, just as it does in life more generally.  Keeping many of my personal characteristics a mystery helps to prevent the prejudices some people continue to maintain about female contributions to intellectual and social progress.


Connections


For several years, I have maintained a website about my work, and that is where I have written quite a lot about my professional and business activities.  I also do a lot of writing on paper. 

I tend to keep in email contact with a large number of people whose research interests match my own.  At one time, I sent many handwritten letters to distant family members and old friends.  I no longer do that.


Conclusions


Having several different blogs is, at least in theory, a way for me to express several aspects of myself that are separate from the main intellectual disciplines that form a large part of my current identity. 

Having more than one name and more than one identity, and using and expressing them in different ways during different social occasions, is quite common, hence this current blog.  As I will be attempting to understand more about the way names and identities shape societies and cultures, I intend to share some of that awareness more widely.

If you have a name or two, or several different nicknames or pen names, or you want to make a name for yourself in some way, do dip in here from time to time!


Your identity


What does identity mean to you?

How and why is identity important to people such as yourself?

What sort of person are you, and how do you know?

What is the relationship between your privacy and your identity?

How do you perceive your identity differently now than you did in the past?

What is it about you that never seems to change?


Do you currently want to go elsewhere?


Naming blogs accurately and succinctly is an art form in itself.  I have no skill in that regard, as far as I am aware. However, my Continual Journeys blog might be self-explanatory to you after just a brief visit, especially if you are amongst the many people who like to travel. Have you taken a look there?

If you are at all interested in history and identity, then Ancestors Within may appeal to you.  How has your family history shaped your identity?  What do you understand about the heritage of your name and identity?  What do you know about your great grandparents, and how?

And if all you want is some peace, then the Quieter Living blog might be the place to be.  I certainly wish everyone peace.

And I hope you will find each of my blogs to be interesting reading and enjoyable experiences, dear visitor.