Personal Essay: Who Am I?

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Who Am I? The question posed in the title, “Who am I?” is very simple but the answers are never so. What defines me as who I am as a person today are relatively my attitude, my personal values and beliefs to life that developed throughout my life. “Values are the constructs that we hold as important and beliefs are constructs that we hold to be true (Collins & Chippendale, 1995)”. Meanwhile, attitudes are relatively lasting clusters of emotions, beliefs, and behavior tendencies directed towards specific ideas, people or objects (Baron & Byrne, 1984). Generally, my family members, friends and the experiences I had contribute to my sense of who I am and how I view the world. With the aid of the two counseling theories, Roger’s personality theory…show more content…
For example, during my childhood my goal was to be a successful student and achieve straight A’s in UPSR examination in school. I worked hard towards it until my attitude and behaviour was altered. For example, I used to be very playful and naughty but after I set this goal, I been more responsible towards studies and disciplined. In fact I learned to be ambitious during this phase. Then, during my teenage life, the main drive was to enrol into a good degree programme and make my parents proud. In order to achieve this, I sacrificed my fun time and learned to be more organized because I felt I am the responsible to get good grades in my Foundation programme to get into good degree course. Meanwhile, my goal now is to achieve my ideal self and be who I want to be in the future. For example, I want to be a productive and responsible person in life but at times my laziness stops me from being one. Therefore, I am still working towards it by changing my behaviour little by little and this is more likely a self-actualization process. Besides that, I became a goal-directed person when I learnt to set smaller goals in order to direct myself towards my ideal

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