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Identity may refer to:

Social science[edit]

Personal conception and expression[edit]

  • Identity (social science), individuality, personal identity, social identity, and cultural identity in psychology, sociology, and philosophy
  • Identity formation, the process of the development of the distinct personality of an individual
  • Persona, a social role or a character played by an actor with oneself
  • Personal development
  • Personal name, a combination of sounds, or in written form the letters representing those sounds, which constitute a label: this person is "John Doe". The name often reflects the parents’ desires for the child
  • Self-concept, one's cognitive representation of one's own identity

Group expression and affiliation[edit]

  • Christian Identity, a Christian religious movement
  • Cultural identity, a person's self-affiliation (or categorization by others) as a member of a cultural group
  • Identity politics, political arguments that focus upon the self-interest and perspectives of social interest groups or minorities
  • National identity, belief in membership of a nationality


  • Identity (philosophy), also called sameness, is whatever makes an entity definable and recognizable
  • Law of identity, principle of logic stating that an object is the same as itself
  • Personal identity, the numerical identity (continuity of existence) of persons through time

Specifications of persons[edit]

Arts, entertainment, and media[edit]




Other uses in music[edit]

  • Identity (music), a transformation of pitches in music
  • Identity (tuning), an odd member below and including a limit
  • Also, researchers in music talk about 'musical identities', to describe various phenomena. Amongst them, 'musical identity' may be related to the manner in which an individual uses music practice as part of his identity or various behaviors that specific categories of musicians have, practicing their art (ex.: one may talk about the musical identity of jazz musicians).


Programs and series[edit]


Other uses in arts, entertainment, and media[edit]


Computer science[edit]

  • Identity (object-oriented programming), the property of objects that distinguishes them from other objects
  • Digital identity, representation of a set of claims made by one digital subject about itself or another digital subject
  • Federated identity, assembled identity of a person's user information, stored across multiple distinct identity management systems
  • Identity column, database field that uniquely identifies every row in the table and is made up of values generated by the database
  • Identity management, administrative area that deals with identifying individuals in a system and controlling access to resources by placing restrictions on them
  • Online identity, social identity that an internet user establishes in online communities and websites


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