Thoughts on Self-Categorization
All individuals are evolving, multidimensional beings. Don’t trick yourself into thinking that you will always belong to a single static category.
- Your job/profession
- Personality types
- Relationship attachment styles
- Romantic/Sexual preferences (see exceptions below)
- Political Party
Don’t let someone else’s rigid categories define you. Only you can do that.
The more you restrict yourself to a specific method of existence, the more that becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and the less likely you’ll be able to change for the better
From personal experience, every time I take the Myers-Briggs personality test I get a different result. Like with everything, my personality of the day depends on my mood and other external factors. Plus now we know that Myers-Brigs has lost scientific merit over time.
Another one is Attachment Styles I’ve qualities of all [three attachment styles](INSERT LINK HERE)
If it brings you comfort then by all means keep your preferred category. If it helps you and your community unite under a common cause, if taking on that category brings you power, if it helps you navigate this scary world, then definitely keep taking it on.
Some noteable exceptions I can think of:
- Race (duh)
- Sexual orientation
- Basically anything you were born with that wasn’t chosen by you or someone else
This is just my opinion I have no idea if this is informed by any kind of scientific research.