- Different people focus on different attributes/traits for their identity.
- Culture tie in - what is important to a culture influences what traits/attributes individuals within the culture use to define themselves.
- People don't exist in a vacuum, identity also has a self verses others. People compare their self to others and see who others are and who they are.
- Sometimes occupation can define a person, which can have a greater or lesser influence on the person's identity depending on the individual and the culture. It can be seen as a bad thing if their occupation is their whole identity.
- And identity is comprised of a mix of attributes. For example someone can see them self as a compassionate generous person who is cleaver and creative and outgoing.
How do your characters identify themselves? What is important to them in said definition for them. While identity can be useful for characters of any age it is especially important in young adult (YA) fiction. In YA the main characters are in the process of figuring out who they are. They are moving away from their parents' idea of who they should be and flexing their own sense of who they are. Of course peer influence can play a part in the process.