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How do I know how to label myself?

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Last Updated: 11/15/2021 at 5:38pm
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December 11th, 2015 4:22am
First of all, you never have to label yourself if you don't want to. But in time, if you are searching for a label, you will find one that fits you. If you don't know right now, that's okay. Just keep going on with your life, and all of these things will eventually fall into place. I have been in your shoes and I spent a lot of time thinking about what to identify myself as, but I wasn't able to come to a conclusion. I only came to a conclusion sort of randomly when I just looked back, and I realized that I had found a label that I related to and that I felt comfortable using. Best of luck to you.
January 11th, 2016 8:52am
I don't think a person ever knows how to label themselves. One might feel more at home or comfortable with certain ideas or constructs but no person should feel like they are labeled as one thing. Labeling yourself is like forcing yourself in to one construct, or multiple,but no one needs to do that. Each being is different and unique, even if we do share our similarities, but you are so much more too. So personally I don't think one needs to know how to label themselves because you are so much more then a label can ever tell.
January 26th, 2016 2:07am
In life there are no labels and categories. All of us are different in our own ways and we are all human. It is good that we are different because what will the world be if we are all the same.
February 9th, 2016 11:23pm
Labels aren't for everyone. If you do decide you want a label, it's best to look into what you're trying to find a label for.
February 14th, 2016 3:04am
You dont ever have to label yourself if you dont want to... Just be you
May 31st, 2016 4:44pm
That's a very good question. Not sure what you mean by labeling yourself, but I am going to answer this in the angle of trying to fit in. I think it takes time to figure out who you want to be. When you can get to a place of understanding your talents, what you have to offer, and who you want to be, without the influence of others you're in the right step. When you can get to a place of feeling total comfort in who you are, that is when you can get to the place of being able to "label" yourself.
July 12th, 2016 4:34am
The thing about labels is, that you really don't have to label yourself at all! you can be whatever you want to be you can go with the flow so to say. You don't have to stick a label on you if you don't want to you can love who you want to love and whatever happens happens. You don't have to overthink about labels. But if you really want to label yourself a certain thing you have to find out who you are do your research find out how you feel about people explore your feelings. explore yourself.
May 8th, 2017 2:19pm
Labeling yourself can take time. However, if you feel one way, and use that label and then realizes that label no longer applies to you, then that's okay. People change and learn things about themselves and labels can reflect that.
February 24th, 2015 11:23am
Labelling yourself is a personal choice. You don't have to label yourself if you do not want to. Some people prefer not to label themselves, and there is nothing wrong with that.
March 2nd, 2015 6:05pm
You don't have to label yourself. You can, if you want to and know for sure, but you don't have to rush.
April 13th, 2015 8:12pm
Whatever label YOU feel is right and describes you. Remember you don't have to label yourself though
April 16th, 2015 3:12pm
It's hard to "label" yourself as most people's personalities aren't simply one particular thing. A rocker may also be a nerd, gamer or even a bookworm. Depending on the people you're with, your label changes. If you want a personal label that only you will think of yourself as, you can choose the best thing you like about yourself and label you as such.
June 17th, 2015 12:46am
Labels are not the most important thing in life, just enjoy who you are and your individuality. You don't always need to be categorised but if you do want to, label yourself through the positives :)
June 29th, 2015 7:23am
That's the thing. You shouldn't have to label your self anything. Your you and that's all you should think.
July 20th, 2015 6:54pm
You are the person who decides what your label is, it is whatever you feel comfortable with. However always remember that you are just a person and you can not be put in to a box, so it's okay not to label yourself. You are the wonderful amazing you.
September 20th, 2016 11:19pm
I personally don't believe that labels are important. If you do, however, want to have a label. Then its best to label based on what you feel. Who you think you are.
September 22nd, 2016 5:23am
There's no labeling, it's finding who you truly are as a person. Take your time, no need to rush it at all. Think it out.
September 25th, 2017 10:26pm
You don't have to. Many people don't label themselves, and others change their labels if they find one that they think 'fits' them better. Do some research and pick the one you think is best for you, and remember it is all temporary - you can change your label(s) or get rid of it/them completely whenever you want.
June 19th, 2018 4:29am
Well, I suppose that depends on the label and you personally. But I wouldn't worry about labeling yourself or confining yourself, even though it's only human to want to feel inclusive and belonging to a group.
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August 5th, 2019 11:07am
It's all based on what you feel, how you perceive yourself and other people. You can try to analyze your feelings, imagining yourself in different situations and with different people, and see how that makes you feel, at a physical and an emotional level. Ultimately, your label is nothing more than what you feel you are, what you believe suits best the way you see yourself.
November 15th, 2021 5:38pm
The world is a big place full of many opinions. The opinion of the world does not define you. What defines you is your feelings and your opinions about yourself and how you want the world to see you. Sometimes we send the wrong messages to the world and it creates an image that we do not like. When this happens take a step back, look at the image you have created, and evaluate the reaction you are getting. If you are sending the world the wrong message figure out how to change yourself to send the message that you want them to hear. This will help you to label yourself and to help the world see your label correctly.