Identity is a tool, to be used as needed and then let go of as we return to openness. Confusion arises when we try to find a self in identity. The self is this underlying openness. Uncategorizable, indefinable. Pure awareness.
The identity is a product of interaction. We can use it as the situation requires and then return to openness without THINKING it to be anything substantial.
It's a phantom, an idea, a utilitarian mechanism. There's nothing in it.