Personal Identity Wheel

Framing Material


The Personal Identity Wheel is a worksheet activity that encourages students to reflect on how they identify outside of social identifiers. The worksheet prompts students to list adjectives they would use to describe themselves, skills they have, favorite books, hobbies, etc. Unlike the Social Identity Wheel, this worksheet doesn’t emphasize perception or context. It is best used as an icebreaker activity or in conjunction with the Social Identity Wheel in order to encourage students to reflect on the relationships and dissonances between their personal and social identities. The wheels can be used as a prompt for small or large group discussion or reflective writing on identity by using the Spectrum Activity Questions on Identity.


  • When used as an icebreaker, this activity can be used to help students find common ground with their peers and learn more about one another, helping students build community.
  • When used in conjunction with the Social Identity Wheel, the Personal Identity Wheel can be further interrogated to consider how students’ personal identities are or aren’t informed by their social identities.


  • The students may not perceive the activity as relevant to the course and thus may exhibit resistance.


Other Associated Material

This video uses both the Personal Identity [5:00] and Social Identity [6:46] Wheel activities to prepare for the Spectrum activity [9:50]. 

Personal Identity Wheel (adapted from “Voices of Discovery”)

Image description: The chart below features a circle that is separated into ten sections. Each section is labeled (starting at the top and moving clockwise around the circle): favorite music, one skill you are proud of, favorite movie, favorite book, favorite food, favorite hobby, favorite color, personal motto, number of siblings, birth order. In the center of the circle is written “Three adjectives to describe yourself” followed by three numbered lines for students to fill out, and a space labeled “name.” (Access a pdf version of the Personal Identity Wheel.)

personal identity wheel


Adapted for use by the Program on Intergroup Relations and the Spectrum Center, University of Michigan.