th environment including peers and experiences and a person’s natural tendencies; where social and personal identities types are distinguished vaguely.
Personal identity could be a complex thing to define as it changes with experiences and life’s realizations. Most often, the word “identity” is made synonymous with “self” which arouses confusion about what implies the abstract characteristics. According to Cote and Levine, the term "self" is used to refer to a person’s "motivational structure,” the physical embodiment of a person which is able “to feel, perceive, and have intentions" (70); while identity is "an entity with particular characteristics, distinguishable from other entities" (71). With these definitions, it is clear that when referring to a more abstract and unique aspect, identity might be the best word, as opposed to "self" which pertains to what the eyes can see.
Both “self” and “identity” are influenced with the external environment or an innate personality. With these factors, the concepts of personal identity and social identity are formed. A general thought exists that personal and social identities are two different things. In reality, however, they are still interrelated and can exist in one person. This comes with the fact that human personality development comes in "two poles"-- psychological and sociological. Both personality types may be categorized as social since personality development is established primarily through social interactions (Worchel 2). As for social identity, by the term itself, it can be implied that its influence have much to do with the environment and the people closest to that person. It refers to the fact of what “the individual perceives him- or herself as similar to others of the same background" (Worchel 3). In other words, the group or the society where the person belongs could be a reference to the kind of personality she has. Personal identity, on the other hand, deals with what