“We’re seeing more performance based identities where people start to define themselves based on that rather than the old stuff, culture, religion or family.” — Dr. Ben Walker
Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to another episode of Paperback Guerrillas – mana enhancing kōrero (life-improving conversations) with people from all walks of life, sharing insights, inspiration and tools so we can take positive action for change.
In this episode, I sit down with Dr. Ben Walker from Ngāti Raukawa about performance-based identity, its effect on self-esteem, self-worth, professional sporting and parenting in the western world. Dr. Walker is a professor at Victoria University and wrote his PhD thesis on performance-based identity.
We talk about how those new associations with identity affect us, it’s an interesting conversation and one in which I learned a lot. I hope you do too. Mauri ora!
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- What performance-based-identity is and isn’t.
- We need to feel free, we need to feel part of something bigger than ourselves, and we need to feel like we’re good at something.
- One thing you can feel as young Māori especially is this pressure to give back to the collective.
- Different people have different measures of success and the difference that makes to our self-perceived identity. Some professional rugby players view themselves as successful because of their on-field wins, others because of how hard they work.
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