What is identity? Is there a core to your self-identity independent of how others define you? How difficult would it be to remake any given person into someone with a new identity?
Identity is a person's distinct personality by which they are recognized. It is through this difference that we mark an individual from the rest of the world. The problem with this sense of self is the complication of believing there is a true “self” independent of outside influence. This self relies on the categories by which we attribute to ourselves based on these universal differences. Some of them include gender, culture, sexual orientation, class, history etc. However the problem lies in that each of these categories are constructed by outside forces. There is no true quality we can call our own due to the universality of it. However despite this, there is an obvious strong attachment toward each of these categories, which we all use to use to explain who we are. Given our high regard of these categories, it might be difficult to remake a person however it isn't entirely impossible. For example in the Stanford Prison experiment, we see how a number of young men were stripped of their identities and convinced of a fictional reality. Their selfhood is taken from them and they believe themselves to be their numbers, falling into their roles of guards and prisoners. We prize our identity as a main core to our self yet it is not concrete and based heavily on the way in which the world sees us.