Hi Muni - seems to me that actually all these identity things are more the effect than the cause of innate grasping at a palpable self, which we have carried with us since beginningless time.
It all turns and turns like such a roll of old movie making system. Samsara, unreal wheel.
How we see-react are the effects of own obscurations, yes!
Habitual tendencies relating to objects, our body, obscured intellect and so all phenomena get an inventitious value seen through the filter of negativities, strong attachments. Even "Buddhist knowledges" turn through such in poison.
Triggered by obscurations: the effects are mistaken action body speech mind, keeping then the suffering wheel turning for own being and others.
People must be strong, must be great, must produce, must prove themselves from in the schools, isn't?...some cultures have strong individualism, also we have to learn to stand on own feet; this easely is mistakenly seen as solid individualism. Confusion!
freedom from dreamlike wheel.
"Despite the fact that we are a ceaselessly transforming stream, interdependent with other beings and the whole world, we imagine that there exists in us an unchanging entity that characterizes us and that we must protect and please. A thorough analysis of this reveals that it is only a fictitious mental construct".
Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche.