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