European identity is one of the most complex phenomena within European studies. Fortunately, human genetics now provides clarity to the discussion but shows that the term “identity” is not applicable in the European context.
By separating identity from perceptions of who we are, allows us to recognise the difference between subjective and objective dimensions of our lives. Our identity is objective in nature; our perspectives are subjective ways of perceiving ourselves. There is no contradiction between these views
Who am I? Most of us ask the question at critical stages or during periods of major upheaval in our lives. The answer has two dimensions: me as a person, and me as part of a group. In our quest for answers we are seeking something that makes us unique and different.
Why is there a general reluctance to accept the scientific definition of identity? The usual arguments don’t stack up because, once the solution is clarified, disapproval should lessen. That is not the case. Opposition must have a deeper explanation.
Sources (articles and books) that present the new paradigm of identity are identified