Working Well: Workplace Wellness Initiative



Our first session of this module explores your identity: who you are and what makes you, you.

The reason it matters, is based on that concept I spoke about in the introduction. Remember Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Model? It said that you're impacted by your environment, but you also get to IMPACT your environment. The better you know yourself inside-and-out, the more intentional impact you can have.

In this session, you will:

  • learn what an identity map is
  • practice how to fill one out
  • explore independent vs interdependent ways of being

Please watch* the video below and complete the activities that follow.

*I recommend using headphones.



You were given some basic instructions to create an identity map in the video. Now, you will make one!

ASSIGNMENT: Create an identity map using pen and paper, colored pencils, paint. You can also use the computer if that is your preferred "medium".  

Consider which identities you want to list/name:

  • relationships
  • gender identity and expression
  • age
  • abilities
  • habits
  • interests
  • skills
  • hobbies
  • physical characteristics (race, hair color, eye shape, height, etc.)

Upload your IDENTITY MAP below:


  Are you an orange fish or the blue one?

Are you an orange fish or the blue one?

Describe what you see in the picture above: 



Some people identify the blue fish as strong and independent and some people see it as a lonely loser. Or something completely different! What did you think of the picture?

Consider which fish you are more like: are you more interdependent or independent? 

Answer the questions below:

1) Which best describes your personality and/or working style? 

2) What are the pros and cons to being an orange fish (interdependent) vs a blue one (independent)?

3) What is it like to be some of both? What is the impact for you and for others?

A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.
— Eleanor Roosevelt, diplomat and writer, (1884-1962)

Remember to complete your Healthy Living Daily Checklist each day.