Introduction to Personal Identity

Five young men in graduation gowns.

Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.

—Erich Fromm, psychologist

Learning Objectives

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Describe how personality tests and skills inventories help to evaluate career paths and identify personal interests to meet educational goals.
  • Describe the responsibilities of college student life and how they differ from high school or early career life


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