Essay on Erik Erikson 's Identity And Identity

1093 Words Nov 30th, 2015 null Page
Discovering who we really are and what we are all about is a life-long process. Our search for our identity and what defines who we are is a puzzle consisting of many different pieces. Identity is defined as our self-portrait that is made up of multiple components, including our chosen career path, spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, personality traits and characteristics, body image, and even where we live and where we are from. Although one’s identity is shaped my a multitude of factors, family and peer influences play a huge roll in an adolescent finding and fine tuning their personal identity.
It is usually in adolescence in which one begins to find out who they are and what they want to do with their life. Erik Erikson called this identity versus identity confusion. Erikson also notes that during the search for identity during the adolescent years is accompanied by a psychosocial moratorium, which is the gap between childhood and adulthood that adolescents experience while exploring their identity. Erikson’s theory includes four statuses of identity that help to resolve an identity crisis: identity diffusion, identity foreclosure, identity moratorium, and identity achievement. Which of these four statuses of identity an adolescent goes through is dependent upon whether they are/are not experiencing a crisis, a period during which the individual is exploring alternatives, or commitment, a personal investment in identity. The first article I read and…

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