Yes, Lawrence has made such an important point here. It is true that we are slaves to our own idea of who we are as an individual. Change the way you see yourself, and others will see you that way too.
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson