Ever since I was 6 years old, I always had this question on my mind: would I have been a different person if my name was something else? Would I carry myself differently, would my personality differ, would the opportunities I get, or the ways people make assumptions about me change if my name was not what it is now?
Circus of the Perceived Self focuses on the ways we try to comprehend the complicated subjects of self and identity. It is about our names: the very first bit of information we give out to people that have indications about our nationality, culture, religion, and even class. A name can simply affect our first impressions and the way we interact with people. A familiar name, a foreign name, an Islamic or Christian or Jewish name, a common name, or a unique and unheard name, or even a one that sounds beautiful to the ear or the ones that make us think what kind of a parent would pick such a name for their kids! they all play a role in our views of people. So my question is, what if we would have become a different person if we weren’t called what we are called now?!