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The Identity Map was created by Rev. Dr. Monica L. Cummings, influenced by the work of Pamela A. Hays.
Some of our values, beliefs, and behaviors are conscious. We hold others without awareness. The Identity Map is a tool for developing self-awareness related to the cultural influences that have shaped and informed the values, beliefs, and behaviors we use to engage the world.
The Identity Map consists of:
For more about this type of analysis of cultural influences, see the ADDRESSING Framework adapted from P.A. Hays, "Addressing the Complexities of Culture and Gender in Counseling," Journal of Counseling and Development 74 (March/April 1996), 332-38 Copyright American Counseling Association.
Cummings Identity Map Example
Year Born/Age—significant cultural events:
15 years old; Facebook; war protests; text messaging.
Geographic areas lived, childhood/adult:
Live in a suburb outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Ethnicity/Race, first language, language spoken at home:
White; English is my only language.
Religious/spiritual orientation, childhood/adult:
Believes in something more powerful than humans.
Socioeconomic status, childhood/adult:
Parents are both college graduates.
Cummings Identity Map Worksheet
Geographic Areas Lived, childhood/adult
Religious/Spiritual Orientation, childhood/adult:
Socioeconomic Status, childhood/adult:
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Last updated on Friday, July 20, 2012.
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