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Self vs. Identity — What's the Difference?

Self vs. Identity — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Self and Identity

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Self

The self is an individual person as the object of its own reflective consciousness. Since the self is a reference by a subject to the same subject, this reference is necessarily subjective.

Identity

The fact of being who or what a person or thing is
She believes she is the victim of mistaken identity
He knows the identity of the bombers

Self

A person's essential being that distinguishes them from others, especially considered as the object of introspection or reflexive action
Language is an aspect of a person's sense of self
Our alienation from our true selves
Guilt can be turned against the self

Identity

A close similarity or affinity
An identity between the company's own interests and those of the local community

Self

(of a trimming or cover) of the same material and colour as the rest of the item
A button-through style with self belt
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Identity

A transformation that leaves an object unchanged.

Self

Self-pollinate; self-fertilize
A variety that selfs itself loses lots of vigour in the progeny

Identity

The equality of two expressions for all values of the quantities expressed by letters, or an equation expressing this, e.g. (x + 1)² = x² + 2x + 1.

Self

The total, essential, or particular being of a person; the individual
"An actor's instrument is the self" (Joan Juliet Buck).

Identity

The condition of being a certain person or thing
What is the identity of the author of the manuscript?.

Self

The essential qualities distinguishing one person from another; individuality
"He would walk a little first along the southern walls, shed his European self, fully enter this world" (Howard Kaplan).

Identity

The set of characteristics by which a person or thing is definitively recognizable or known
"The identity of the nation had ... been keenly contested in the period of nationalist opposition to Imperial rule" (Judith M. Brown).

Self

One's consciousness of one's own being or identity; the ego
"For some of us, the self's natural doubts are given in mesmerizing amplification by way of critics' negative assessments of our writing" (Joyce Carol Oates).

Identity

The awareness that an individual or group has of being a distinct, persisting entity
"He felt more at home thousands of miles from Britain than he did in an English village four miles from his home ... Was he losing his identity?" (Robert Fallon).

Self

One's own interests, welfare, or advantage
Thinking of self alone.

Identity

The fact or condition of being the same as something else
The identity of the two handwriting samples was established by an expert.

Self

(Immunology) That which the immune system identifies as belonging to the body
Tissues no longer recognized as self.

Identity

The fact or condition of being associated or affiliated with something else
The identity between mass and energy.

Self

Of the same character throughout.

Identity

Information, such as an identification number, used to establish or prove a person's individuality, as in providing access to a credit account.

Self

Of the same material as the article with which it is used
A dress with a self belt.

Identity

An equation that is satisfied by any number that replaces the letter for which the equation is defined.

Self

(Obsolete) Same or identical.

Identity

Identity element.

Self

To fertilize or pollinate itself. Used of hermaphroditic organisms.

Identity

Sameness, identicalness; the quality or fact of (several specified things) being the same.

Self

(obsolete) Himself, herself, itself, themselves; that specific (person mentioned).
This argument was put forward by the defendant self.

Identity

The difference or character that marks off an individual or collective from the rest of the same kind, selfhood, sense of who something or someone or oneself is, or the recurring characteristics that enable the recognition of such an individual or group by others or themself.
I've been through so many changes, I have no sense of identity.
This nation has a strong identity.

Self

Myself.
I made out a cheque, payable to self, which cheered me up somewhat.

Identity

A name or persona—a mask or appearance one presents to the world—by which one is known.
This criminal has taken on several identities.
In this show, the competitor's identity will remain secret until after the vote.

Self

One individual's personality, character, demeanor, or disposition.
One's true self; one's better self; one's former self

Identity

(mathematics) An equation which always holds true regardless of the choice of input variables.
The equation (x+y)(x−y) = x2−y2 is an algebraic identity. It is true regardless of the values of x and y.

Self

The subject of one's own experience of phenomena: perception, emotions, thoughts.

Identity

Any function which maps all elements of its domain to themselves.

Self

An individual person as the object of the person's own reflective consciousness (plural selves).

Identity

(algebra) An element of an algebraic structure which, when applied to another element under an operation in that structure, yields this second element.

Self

Self-interest or personal advantage.

Identity

A well-known or famous person.

Self

Identity or personality.

Identity

The state or quality of being identical, or the same; sameness.
Identity is a relation between our cognitions of a thing, not between things themselves.

Self

(botany) A seedling produced by self-pollination (plural selfs).

Identity

The condition of being the same with something described or asserted, or of possessing a character claimed; as, to establish the identity of stolen goods.

Self

(botany) A flower having its colour uniform as opposed to variegated.

Identity

An identical equation.

Self

Any molecule, cell, or tissue of an organism's own (belonging to the self), as opposed to a foreign (nonself) molecule, cell, or tissue (for example, infective, allogenic, or xenogenic).

Identity

The distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity;
You can lose your identity when you join the army

Self

(botany) To fertilise by the same individual; to self-fertilise or self-pollinate.

Identity

The individual characteristics by which a thing or person is recognized or known;
Geneticists only recently discovered the identity of the gene that causes it
It was too dark to determine his identity
She guessed the identity of his lover

Self

(botany) To fertilise by the same strain; to inbreed.

Identity

An operator that leaves unchanged the element on which it operates;
The identity under numerical multiplication is 1

Self

Having its own or a single nature or character throughout, as in colour, composition, etc., without addition or change; of the same kind; unmixed.
A self bow: one made from a single piece of wood
A self flower or plant: one which is wholly of one colour

Identity

Exact sameness;
They shared an identity of interests

Self

(obsolete) Same, identical.

Self

(obsolete) Belonging to oneself; own.

Self

Of or relating to any molecule, cell, or tissue of an organism's own (belonging to the self), as opposed to a foreign (nonself) molecule, cell, or tissue (for example, infective, allogenic, or xenogenic).

Self

Same; particular; very; identical.
To shoot another arrow that self wayWhich you did shoot the first.
At that self moment enters Palamon.

Self

Having its own or a single nature or character, as in color, composition, etc., without addition or change; unmixed; as, a self bow, one made from a single piece of wood; self flower or plant, one which is wholly of one color; self-colored.

Self

The individual as the object of his own reflective consciousness; the man viewed by his own cognition as the subject of all his mental phenomena, the agent in his own activities, the subject of his own feelings, and the possessor of capacities and character; a person as a distinct individual; a being regarded as having personality.
A man's self may be the worst fellow to converse with in the world.
The self, the I, is recognized in every act of intelligence as the subject to which that act belongs. It is I that perceive, I that imagine, I that remember, I that attend, I that compare, I that feel, I that will, I that am conscious.

Self

Hence, personal interest, or love of private interest; selfishness; as, self is his whole aim.

Self

Personification; embodiment.
She was beauty's self.

Self

Your consciousness of your own identity

Self

A person considered as a unique individual;
One's own self

Self

Combining form; oneself or itself;
Self-control

Self

Used as a combining form; relating to--of or by or to or from or for--the self;
Self-knowledge
Self-proclaimed
Self-induced

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