The Engaged Identity® Approach
As individuals, we create an identity that is a dynamic culmination of perceptions.
In our complex world, the only constant is change; a static identity is unnatural and inhibiting. When our identities are frozen–whether by trauma, fear, or conflict–facets of ourselves are unable to participate in relationships and systems. An engaged identity can move beyond the perceived threat and expand our worldview, enabling us to participate fully in the complex systems of our workplaces and communities. In this intersection between the old in the new lies a continuum for transformation.
With an engaged identity, our different facets become conduits for connection, communication, and transformation. An engaged identity is rooted in a deep sense of equanimity, a state where we’re able to access the multiple aspects of ourselves in authentic connection with others. We reach this place of equanimity through the three precepts of the Engaged Identity Approach: listening, patience, and respect. Without the ability to genuinely listen to the other person’s experience, we are unable to connect authentically with others.
The Engaged identity Approach suggests that cultivating a sense of our evolving senses of self creates an opening through which we can more deeply understand others. When confronted with conflict or change, an engaged identity is able to expand as we understand ourselves and others as parts of a broader system.
The Engaged Identity theory is based on the idea that beneath the multitude of identities, the differences in culture, language, ritual, and beliefs, we all desire contact that comes in forms of love, community, respect, dignity, recognition, and acknowledgment. In order to reconcile self and other, be it between citizens and their institutions, between individuals, or with an individual’s own shadows, our identities can be taught, through the three precepts of listening, patience, and respect, to expand and create relationships that acknowledge conflict, difference and diversity and allow for human flourishing.