About The Author:
Ron Abarbanel grew up as a child to immigrant Jewish parents in French-speaking rural Quebec in the late 60’s. Due to language, race, and religion, he was bullied by students and teachers. He has ample first-hand experience about how identity can be debilitating both in the external world and the internal world. As he left those years and learned through experience how identity could also be healthy and powerful he began exploring it with others. What he discovered was that he was not alone and what you find in this resource is from years and years of practical experience involving a great many people from many different countries.
Ways to enjoy this reflection
On Your Own or In a Group
This material is designed to be done in a group, but there is much to benefit from doing it on your own as well. The benefit to doing it as a group is that you hear real examples of how others interact with their identity and it will help trigger insights into yourself. As you get to know each other better, the relationships formed in this group will also help you to internalize important identities that can benefit you. A great deal of identity comes to us through the voice of others in our lives and some people in this group will certainly become those voices for you.
We recommend a skilled director if you are doing this as a group, but you can also self-facilitate. Consider someone who is older, who has had first-hand experience with identities that posed a challenge, and who has been able to work through those challenges to embrace who they are.
With a director (recommended)
You can opt to do this resource with a trained director both individually or as a group. We recommend the group option as it is a lot more enjoyable and gives you a broader experience of how identity plays out. Once in a group, you can always ask the director for an individual session to accommodate sensitive areas that you need specific help with.
If you would like this option, register below: