My Social Identity Questionnaire
Think about the various aspects of your social identity and how these have contributed to the person you are today. Also, consider how your life may have been different if your profile were different (another race or ethnicity, sex, social class, and so on).
- Race or Ethnicity.
- Religion, Spirituality, or Personal Belief System.
- Ability or Disability.
- Sex or Gender Roles.
- Sexual Orientation.
- Social Class.
- Physical Attributes.
- What did you notice about your profile?
- Which social identities do you think about often?
- Which social identities do you rarely contemplate?
- Consider the multiple categories that could fall under each group. With which groups do you think you would be most comfortable interacting? Why?
- With which groups do you think you would be least comfortable interacting? Why?
- Given all of the above, what do you need to learn, think about, and/or do differently in order to become more culturally sensitive or competent?
What did you notice about your profile?
I have realized that there are some aspects that have no direct impact on my social identity. Sexual orientation is a foreign perception in my society. All the other aspects have at one time or the other have had a big impact in my life. According to me, I would say that I belong to a specific group which is progressive and can cope with change. I would also add that religion has taken a big part in molding my mind to the person I am today. I think I’d be a middle class citizen who is a cosmopolitan thinking individual who embraces change and progressiveness in the society. If my racial and social profile was different, I would have had more opportunities and chances of progression. Also, I would have access to more resources and fundamental facilities.
Which social identities do you think about often?
Race or Ethnicity, Religion, Spirituality, or Personal Belief System, Social Class and Physical Attributes
Which social identities do you rarely contemplate?
Ability or Disability, Sex or Gender Roles, Sexual Orientation and Age.
Consider the multiple categories that could fall under each group. With which groups do you think you would be most comfortable interacting? Why?
African Americans, Christians, heterosexuals, middle class people and the youth. This is because there will be more similarities between me and all these groups hence it’d be easier to fit in and start a social life. I wouldn’t have to put much effort to interact with them.
With which groups do you think you would be least comfortable interacting? Why?
White supremacists, religious extremists, the filthy rich and homosexuals. This is because they will be no points of common interest with these groups. Also, there will be a lot of tension and profiling hence it wouldn’t be an easy or favorable environment to fit in. without such basic foundations of any relationship, it will be almost impossible to interact
Given all of the above, what do you need to learn, think about, and/or do differently in order to become more culturally sensitive or competent?
Although there may be great differences in opinion and preferences, there must be common issues. The only way to find this out is to interact more with people of all groups and try learning their culture and practices. It is also important to try and understand why they do things that way and ultimately; respecting their ways will form a foundation of trust and it will be easy to interact. I would also need to explore and travel to various settings and be open to the idea of interacting with all and avoid profiling or being judgmental.