A self-identity (also called self-concept, self-construction, self-perspective or self-structure) is identifying with a grouping consciously as opposed to, or in addition to, being passively grouped into that social class or community. For example, a person who is atheist but does not identify with other atheists, because the movement is sexist.

A distinction in sociology, philosophy and identity theory can be made between identifying with something and being it. For example the difference between "I am American" (meaning having a passport in this case) and "I identify as American" (meaning I class myself as that category despite perhaps not having an American passport) versus "I do not identify as American" (meaning I am geographically from America, but do not hold any of their values — I might even hold a passport).

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See the Wikipedia article on Self-identity.