Graduate stories

Identity: Is It Truly a Healthy And Realistic Concept?

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So what is identity? I didn’t want to look it up in a dictionary but rather think of what came up for me as my own definition. So, let me share with you what I think identity is. It is formed from our internal perception of ourselves, combined with how…

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Shape-shifting

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Identity is like shape-shifting. It is a fluent, changeable thing. Identity is something that we either identify ‘with’ or ‘as’. It is portrayed internally and expressed externally, but will always be received differently depending on the observer. Identity is not just your name, sex and date of birth, unless we…

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Who We Are

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John came to me early on in my coaching career. He wanted to explore what it meant for him to be a man at this time in his life in the twenty- first century. He had recently changed careers and was exposed to conversations and learning that he hadn’t been…

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WHEN EVERYTHING BELONGS – From Inner War to a Friendly Universe

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I vividly remember the day my self-identity fell apart. It was a sunny Monday morning in August, and I was hunched at my computer, eyeing the approaching juggernaut of another writing deadline, feeling about as healthy as roadkill. My basic resource, until that day more or less intact, was willpower.…

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How to Identify ‘Identity’ in Coaching

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How do I see my own identity? Well I am Fawzia. I am a woman with a mixed heritage, having ancestral history from India, Arabia, France and Mauritius. I see myself as a human being with a sense of belonging to the ones that I hold dear. I went to…

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Identity Shift or Journey of Self?

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Self-identity is defined as the degree to which engaging in a behaviour is essential to an individual’s self-concept (Stryker, 1987). An individual’s identity is a combination of his/her personality based on experiences (Clancy & Dollinger, 1993; Erikson, 1963). Self-identity can be expressed through interactions... My coaching work centres around health,…

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The Soul of the Wood Emerges with Love

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Love. It’s a big word and a vast topic. What do we even mean by it, and how might it connect to identity? This article is all about identity. If you feel very clear about who you are right now, remember that coaching does not have to focus on identity;…

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Exposing Illusion and Empowering Choice

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Old Me, New Me, Future Me How do we define identity? I feel strongly that I know who I am. Yet when I attempt to define my identity what comes up is a heritage, some locations, a gender, occupations, perhaps some beliefs and practices with which I choose to align.…

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Cute Misfortunes and Zooming Out

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It's so easy to get trapped, nowadays, in our personal way of perceiving situations and events. Before diving in, I would like you to imagine the following, for a moment. The Flat Tire It's Monday morning, you walk out of your door with a fast pace and you reach your…

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