Identity can be a slippery thing. You think you know who you are until you do something that feels out of character. That can throw you into a tailspin, a total state of confusion.
Accepting that our personalities are too complex to be fixed or “written in stone” can relieve identity anxiety and offer a greater freedom to just go with the flow of life.
Shapeshifting requires the ability to transcend your attachments, in particular your ego attachments to identity and who you are. If you can get over your attachment to labeling yourself and your cherishing of your identity, you can be virtually anybody. You can slip in and out of different shells, even different animal forms or deity forms.
~ Zeena Schreck
I find I am constantly being encouraged to pluck out some one aspect of myself and present this as the meaningful whole, eclipsing or denying the other parts of self. ~Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches