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Life Influences

There are a number of life influences that affect our personal traits. 


These are:

  • Gender identity
  • Class/race/ethnic/cultural background
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disability - visible or invisible
  • Surrounding conditions
  • Learning experiences

By thinking about how these factors have influenced us, we can gain some insight into personal traits that can be very important assets. For example, a man enrolled in a nursing program or a woman apprenticing as an electrician may have to deal with stereotypes associated with their work roles. Traits such as determination, perseverance, and a strong sense of identity will be very valuable to them.

Think about each of the following factors and how they have influenced the development of your personal traits.

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