This week Crystal Morrison-Joseph, CCM, NCC, LCPC, LPC joins me again and we talk about identity, in particular, the roles gender and sexual orientation play. Why this topic? Well because it is relevant in today’s culture. Here are some definitions that might help you as you listen to this podcast.
An inherent or immutable enduring emotional, romantic or sexual attraction to other people.
One’s innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither – how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. One’s gender identity can be the same or different from their sex assigned at birth.
Identity is the concept we have of our role in the world around us. We are complex beings. We are more than one thing and our identity encompasses many aspects of who we are. Are you struggling with identity? Is someone trying to put you in a box? Listen to this episode of the StepOut! Podcast as we continue to discuss how to live YOUR IDEAL life.
01:25 Five parts of the IDEAL life
04:50 Review of Eight Aspects
05:38 Why have sexual orientation and gender become so important?
9:00 Is there too much emphasis on sexual orientation and gender identity?
10:21 The sexual orientation and identity of others is not a threat to my identity.
12:19 What if I am questioning aspects of my identity?
13:55 Be wise when it comes to so-called safe spaces.
15:17 Glen’s tattoo story (no I don’t have a tattoo).
18:34 Nationalism and identity
21:35 Crystal’s eyeliner story
Aspects of IDENTITY discussed in past and future episodes
- Socio-Economic Status
About this podcast and finding YOUR IDEAL life
In order to reach our goals, we have had to learn how to wade through all of our life experiences, all of the bits and pieces of wisdom that we have been given and figure out the best path for our individual lives. Avoid the pitfalls that lead to teen and young adult depression, anxiety, and general hopelessness about the future. You have great power in determining how the current circumstances of life will impact your future.
The path to your IDEAL life involves answering five questions:
- Who am I?
- Where do I want to go in life?
- How do I stay relevant in an ever-changing world?
- How can I stay sharp and honed in on my IDEAL path?
- How do I release the baggage of my past and continue to move forward in life?
Using those five questions, I have developed the IDEAL framework for helping people just like you to discover your calling in life. These will help you develop your healthy identity in our cluttered and dynamic world.
- I AM
- I DECIDE
- I EVOLVE
- I ADVANCE
- I LET GO
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