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Identity What causes a person's identity? Is it their home, parents, religion, or maybe where they live? When do they get one? Everyone has one and nobody has the same one.

A person's identity is their own, nobody put it there and nobody can take it away. Everyone in this world has a different identity because they all make their own over the course of their entire life. There is no one thing that gives a person their identity, there are however many different things that contribute to one's identity. What is someone's identity? Is it the way they look, the way they dress. To me someone's identity is a part of their being. Everybody has one, it builds your decision making, your thoughts, ideas, and dreams. Everyone has their own identity and personality. Everyone feels, acts, thinks, differently. People may have some of these things in common with one another, but they will never be totally the same.

A person's identity is established over many years and put together by the person. A person's identity is developed over many years from the time they become aware of what is around them. As people's dreams and goals are accomplished their identities will change with the individual. Identity starts with your family. Your family will be there with you for a long time and they will have a impact on what you become in the future. Religion can have a big effect on someone's identity. If a person learns to treat others with respect and kindness as they were young, then they might continue to do so when they grow up. A person growing up not caring about anything but themselves could easily make a different choice than a person who was taught differently. A person's...