Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Context Mapping

Context mapping is a visual way that we would describe ourselves to others and what is important to us in our lives. Due to the fact that it is visual it should be able to tell the story of who, what, and activities that we identify as important roles in our every day life. I am a RIC YDEV student who is graduating this year. I am a dance teacher, choreographer, and hard worker. Cranston is my home and I hope one day my children can have the life I had in this town! (It will always be home) Relationships that are important to me are my family, friends, and my boyfriend.

Four Different Types of Identity
  1. ACHIEVED IDENTITY: the individual has successfully integrated his ego-identity needs from the past, wishing the present, and into the future.
  2. FORECLOSED IDENTITY: the identity that is either thrust upon a person (the need, for example, to assume a particular direction due to limited environmental opportunities) or simply accepted with little reflection. (more of a natural need)
  3. MORATORIUM: when one actively explores ones roles and beliefs, behaviors and relationships. But refrains from making a commitment. 
  4. DIFFUSE IDENTITY: an identity with no real commitment and changes more often than not.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Ideology& Identity Inventory

I am always nervous when taking personality tests because I always wonder if I truly am who I think I am inside. This one in particular had me thinking, because it will show me exactly how I will act with youth in the future. When reading all of the questions we were being asked I thought of how I think I am now and how I would want to be in the future. After answering all of the questions truthfully, my scores came out as follows:

  • Risk, Resiliency, and Prevention: 17
  • Positive Youth Development: 8
  • Critical Youth Development: 11
None of which were surprising to me. After reading the "horoscope" I can truly say that I am predominantly B (Positive Youth Development). Half of my answers even had the #1 next to them meaning they were my favorite choices. After I read what it said about my working with youth styles I began to wonder? Am I really always the "positive one"? And is that a bad thing? 

I have always been the one to see the bright side of things. I have always looked at the positives rather than the negatives and though some say that is sheltered I think it makes me more open to others. It states that Positive Youth Workers, would rather focus on the strengths and positive growth (which prevents negative outcomes). Everyone should have the opportunity to show the world all of the good that we as individuals can do. Positive people that helped shape my life were the same way that I am with youth and I hope that I can make an impact on them just like others have done for me in the past.