Identity is who we are, our qualities and beliefs that defines us from others. While Collective identity is what emerges from belonging to a group. Therefore, it is not fixed. This belonging may cause to override the person’s personal identity. The person might get a great satisfaction out of it or great risk.
My own identity has changed more than once over my life. An example of a collective identity that had risks involved is something that happened to me at school years ago, I used to be ranked second in my class every year until I met some friends who had no interest in education and I started to be the same to fit in the group! I would skip classes, sit at the back and talk and not pay attention when I used to sit in front and have answers to all my teachers’ questions. My grades went down and I wasn’t the second in class anymore, I wasn’t even the 10th! I passed anyway but that really affected me. I felt that I belonged there with this group until I went to college. Fortunately, I pulled myself out of this group and I was back to my old self again and this time got ranked first on my class and all colleges in the specialization I took.
Another small example was changing my specialization to be with my friends! I was so confused about what I really wanted. My personal identity was so challenging back then. However, experimenting with different identity in the past taught me to be who I am now. I learnt to be myself and accept who I am and respond in a way that supports my own values and standards.