What is self improvement? Is it diminishing your identity by changing who you are?

Question by Steak n Cheese: What is self improvement? Is it diminishing your identity by changing who you are?
I feel there is nothing wrong with my body, I am fit and healthy and I don’t feel the need to look like a chiseled greek god. Yet self improvement is always associated with looking like that. I am confused as I feel I am changing my identity by over exercising.

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12 thoughts on “What is self improvement? Is it diminishing your identity by changing who you are?

  • November 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm
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    to me it the contrary because you are taking care of yourself to be more fit and healthy its not like your changing your personality to fit in looks are looks and that’s all also in a way you are better yourself by making you more comfortable in your own skin good luck with that!!

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  • November 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm
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    Funny cause I always thought it was about being better on the INSIDE. Like better habits, and swearing less and generally being a better person.

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  • November 14, 2013 at 4:55 pm
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    thats the same as saying; by going to school you learn, which is improving your brain. You are also losing your identity. Don’t go to school.
    self improvement has nothing to do with looking like a ‘greek god.’ Its just the final form of physical improvement.

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  • November 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm
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    IF YOU ARE HAPPY WITH WHAT YOU ARE THEN DONT CHANGE. EXERCISE YOUR BRAIN INSTEAD. YOU CAN NEVER LEARN ENOUGH STUFF.

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  • November 14, 2013 at 6:43 pm
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    I would say that you are changing your identity, physical and mentally. Physical for obvious reasons, and mental because maybe you feel better about yourself or more comfortable with others. I don’t think it’s a bad thing though. You go through changes everyday in your life, and none of them diminish your personality and uniqueness.

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  • November 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm
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    Always think of any aspect of self improvement as an act of becoming more you.

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  • November 14, 2013 at 7:07 pm
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    if u feel bad, leave it. but i dont think its a good idea cuz health is priority.

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  • November 14, 2013 at 7:18 pm
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    well, self improvement to you can be what makes you
    feel good about yourself and if you
    want to change it is your choice and if you don’t to change
    then there is nothing from keeping you from it since it is
    SELF improvement, so i think if you like the way you are
    then why change?

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  • November 14, 2013 at 7:38 pm
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    To change one’s identity is to completely alter one’s being. What you look like on the outside does not define who you are as a person. Self improvment is when you better your being, you can’t improve what you have diminished. So over excersizing in one way can be self improving.

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  • November 14, 2013 at 8:18 pm
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    I don’t know if this will help you much, but self improvement is more about making yourself someone you wanna be mentally. Whether is quitting habits like chewing your fingernails or interrupting people, or doing something that makes you feel better about yourself; like volunteering at an animal shelter or getting a job for the sake of a challenge. Self improvement is making an identity, not diminishing it. And physically changing the way you look is just one way to improve yourself, but not the only way.

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  • November 14, 2013 at 8:45 pm
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    Self-improvement is when you make yourself better, personality-wise or physically. It’s what you choose to change for the better.

    You don’t have to become buff to consider yourself “self-improved”. But if you do think that becoming more muscular would be good, then by all means, do it.

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  • November 14, 2013 at 9:22 pm
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    Self improvement is only SELF improvement when you are making an effort at positive changes in yourself because YOU want to! Only you can decide what is better for you and what goals you want to achieve as well as what you can do to reach your goals. Being fit and healthy can only be good enough if you believe that and feel satisfied with where you’re at. I think it can get a little overkill when people are exercising and lifting weights constantly in order to achieve a body image that society deems as desirable or perfect. If you exercise because you love it and would do it as much as you possibly could because it gives you pleasure, more power to you. But if you are struggling with the way you look and are doing anything in your power to look the way someone else believes is attractive, you need to seriously get your priorities straight about what is truly important to you and what you think humans are actually here for. I know I am not here to torture myself into being someone who is obsessed with how attractive everyone else thinks I am. I grew out of that after I had my first kid and saw the bigger picture about what real people, including myself, find attractive in others, and looks play such a minor role in what makes someone a truly beautiful person. Anyone who tells you otherwise is shallow and insecure about who they are and where they fit in especially when they are older then 21, trust me. If you really want to do some self improvement, try taking a break and not being so hard on yourself, I bet no one else is as critical about the way you look as you are…Good luck

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