The Identities

Stars are described by their brand qualities.

It’s time to explore the YOU brand.

Identity is the sum totals of your physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual self. Do your identities complement your relationships with each other? How do your identities impact relationships with other people?

Physical identity relates to your appearance and health. Intellectual identity unlocks all your skills, talents and academic intelligences. Emotional identity explores the health of your moods and emotions. Spirituality unlocks your value and belief system.

Your brand is a sum total of your look, abilities, behavior and values.

Physical Identity

Physical…all about self identity

Which physical features are your best? Too much emphasis is on perceived beauty that fades with time or changes with new fashions. There is no perfect look but there are good first impressions.

Grade your impression on others.

D Not my best   C Fair   B Good   A Perfect
  D  C  B  A
Appropriate dress    
Speech Patterns    
General Health    

Health conditions may need professional attention. Some improvements such as diet or dental work are usually within your budget or sliding scale of income. For example, a dental college often provides free or inexpensive services.

Diet can be changed by understanding labels and the impact of sugar or carbohydrates on your health. Just for fun, add up the carbohydrates and sugar intake for just one day. Cut them for 3 weeks and see the difference. Check with your doctor to confirm this is a good idea. BEWARE OF THE FREE TRIAL OFFERS THAT OBLIGATE YOU TO FUTURE PAYMENTS.


QMark Script Challenge:

Before moving to the next identity, what changes in health and appearance would enhance your physical identity? Visualize your "brand" look.



Intellectual …all about self identity

Your intellectual identity may be related to school success. However, there are intelligences that go beyond school subjects. Aptitude tests will help you discover abilities that help you succeed in a career.

Schools give achievement and academic tests. However, an aptitude test may be a real predictor of your career success. Many career fields depend on special abilities. For example, a surgeon requires fine motor dexterity to perform surgery. Many trades such as plumbing, computer drafting and auto repair offer apprenticeships or internships.

Intellectual intelligences can be developed if you are willing to be patient and build on steps. A second language could benefit your career but may take time to acquire. Hearing and speaking a second language is difficult but with time and practice, it is possible.

You have intelligences and talents. Ask your counselor to help find an aptitude test to discover your abilities. Aptitude tests are advertised online. The Star Power concession stand section has one example. BEWARE OF ANY TEST THAT ENCOURAGES YOU TO SIGN A CONTRACT OR DIRECTS YOU TO ONLY ONE SCHOOL. Use the tests to learn about yourself and explore the results with your counselor. Read about careers in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Note: check out occupational outlook handbook.

D Need Help   C Fair  B Good   A Perfect
  D  C  B  A
Naturalist Intelligence “Nature Smart”    
Musical Intelligence “Musical Smart”    
Logical-Mathematical Number/”Reasoning Smart”    
Existential intelligence "deep thinker"    
Intrapersonal Intelligence “People Smart”    
Interpersonal "Work well by yourself"    
Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence “Body Smart”    
Linguistic Intelligence "Word Smart"    
Spatial Intelligence “Measurement smart”    

QMark Script Challenge:

Ask your counselor about career or aptitude test. A test is available at COP System 3C for a small fee, or use your results and earch on the web for the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Find occupations that may match your skills with career paths. Your counselor may have information related to your state, i.e. Texas has the ACHIEVE guides.



Emotional ...all about self identity

Emotional moods and feelings may be described as healthy or unhealthy.

How do your actions reflect your emotional identity? Do you have an infantile “I want it now” demanding “do it my way” or stable “let’s work together” emotional identity. How would others describe you? Your brand benefits from a healthy approach to situations and relationships. Healthy emotions suggest a good frame of mind, the ability to move forward and be proud of your actions. Unhealthy emotions steal your ability to improve your situation or behave appropriately.

Emotional health can be devastated by the loss of a friend or family member, rejection by others or failing to reach a goal. These losses may impact your heart (feelings) or brain (decision making). Recovery may seem slow. Friends may only provide limited support.

In Act IV, Star Power encourages you to SHINE and understand that with the right plan, situations can get back on track. Few people have the same friends at 3, 13, 33 and 53. Few people have the same goals at 13 that they have at 33. Your healthy emotional identity will help you move forward. If stuck, use SHINE as a pathway. Friends may be a good resource for occasional problems but when unhealthy behavior disturbs your daily life, it is important to seek a mentor, counselor or professional.

Rate your emotional self in the following situations.

D Poor performance   C Fair   B Good   A Great Performance
  D  C  B  A
Class/work overloads    
Breakup/fight with friend    
Discussion with parent or teacher    
Not being invited to a party    
Losing a contest/failing a test    
Finishing long assignments    
Starting assignments on time    
Reactions to text, emails or facebook    
Driving a car in bad traffic    
Being harassed or bullied    
Being asked to break a rule    
Handling weight problems    
Decisions for love or desires    
Spending money to feel better    

QMark Script challenge

Emotional identity warning signs may be a desire to hurt yourself or others, the need for alcohol or pills to feel okay, or staying upset. Addictions to the Internet are serious if they impact your social or school success. Who is your mentor for times of stress or emotional problems? How do you handle emotional stress?



Spiritual …all about self identity

Spirituality takes on a different meaning with various cultures, religions or even political organizations. Spirituality revolves around your beliefs and values. Spirituality considers the importance you put on life and relationships not only for yourself but others.

Many films, books and family stories involve spiritual themes. Expanding your spiritual knowledge helps you understand why there have been political wars and social conflicts. The understanding of others allows you to fully develop your own values and beliefs.

Your spiritual self may impact your physical, intellectual and emotional self.

Consider how your beliefs impact your home, school/work, and social network.

D No Impact   C Sometimes   B Some impact   A Great impact
  D  C  B  A
Religious views    
Cultural (Family History)    
Involvement With Charity    
Social Clubs    
Ethics (Morals)    

QMark Script Challenge:

Search the news and find some impact that spirituality has on your community, country or another country. How do the beliefs and values in Our Constitution and Bill of Rights differ from some other countries?




You have completed Act I : branding yourself

Review your physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual identities in different settings to review how your brand achieves your Star Power.