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What are the multiple dimensions of identity? How does this relate to the counselor and client relationship?



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Individual- This dimension focuses on the individual as their own person and the things that set them apart from others, what makes them unique, etc. Everyone has a different genetic make up and has individual experiences.

 Group- The second dimension of identity is group. Race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, gender, culture, age, disability and others are some identifiers that people use. These are the general surface categories that we put people in.

 Universal- This identity is the across the board identity, i.e. male, female and the anatomical necessities. We are human, that is our universal, common trait.

I feel that this relates to our relationship with clients in that we recognize that we are all human, and as humans we make decisions, mistakes, have experiences that may or may not be shared with others, we learn differently, and that we are all placed in a category of sorts based off of gender, race, our individual preferences, and so on. Our gender, race/ethnicity, experiences contribute to our day to day experiences and have helped create who we are today.

Sue, D., & Sue, D. (2016). Counseling the culturally diverse (7th ed.). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


Individual- All individuals are unique in their own way, even with the many similarities between various individuals there are many differences. Each individual has their own genetic makeup and experiences that make them unique.

Group- Individuals are born into certain groups. These groups can be a mixture of race, ethnicity, social status, and political differences are to name a few. As individuals go through life they enter and exit more groups such as marital status, location, education, and economic status.

Universal- We are all part of the human race and share many characteristics that may be similar. We also share common life experiences and though we are still unique, we share a lot in common with each other.

We may share similarities and commonalities with our client’s and might feel that we can connect more with them because of it. We must also be aware that their experiences may differ from our own, and should treat every client as a unique individual when helping them.

Sue, D., & Sue, D. (2016). Counseling the culturally diverse (7th ed.). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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