Different elements of our identities

August 04, 2013, 02:47 AM posted in General Discussion

How does one describe the different elements/aspects of personality/identity? For instance, how would I say something along the lines of: "Human beings have different aspects to their identities. One person may have a political identity, on one hand, and sexual identity, on the other, which conflict with one another".

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August 05, 2013, 12:49 AM

It's a hard question. I will use '自我认识zi4wo3ren4shi2' for 'indentity'. But Chinese will use different words in different cases for 'indentity'. For example, political indentity will be '政治观点zheng4zhi4guan1dian3‘ or ’政治信仰zheng4zhi4xin4yang3‘ ; sexual identity could be '性别认识xing4bie2ren4shi2' etc.