I have an assignment coming up for the course I’m doing which involves carrying out a 5 minute interview with someone on any subject. The objective is to have some text to analyse. As The Daughter is home from university, I have volunteered her to be my interviewee tomorrow.
All day, I have been searching for the question to get her talking. It came to me about an hour ago. I am enormously interested in the whole question of personal identity (have a look at my website www.theidentitycoach.co.uk). I am fascinated by the way we construct a ‘story’ to convey who we believe ourselves to be to other people. So I thought you might like to try the question I shall ask The Daughter tomorrow: If you were a writer introducing your character in a novel, how would you describe yourself?
Jot down your response (or better still get a friend to ask the question and record your thoughts) and then take a close look at the language you use, the metaphors you might habitually employ, and discover the stories you tell yourself and other people. I’m a firm believer in the idea that we (individuals and organisations) construct our identity through our conversations. Do you like the story or is it time to change it?