Identity Crisis by Naomi Kuitems

1 Dec

Life is full of unexpected twists and turns. Just when we think we finally arrive at a conclusion about who we are as human begins, yet another curve ball is thrown in our midst and we are forced to make a decision based on who we want to be. The outcome ultimately shapes us into who we are because it displays the true intentions of our heart.

A huge turning point in human phycology was the developmental process of one’s identity in adolescence. There are many questions being raised in adolescents as far as “who am I”? According to James Marcia, there are four identity states that humans take on in his or her lifetime.

The first is “identity diffusion”. This means that the person has no clear sense of self in his or her identity, and is not trying to find one. Often times, when life becomes too complex and busy, children or teenagers will shut down emotionally, and refuse to work at finding their true self. Instead they succumb to a dry, go with the flow nature.

Second, there is the “identity foreclosure”. This means one accepts the identity and values of their parents entirely. Dealing with overly authoritative parents can sometimes present negative outcomes for the child. Since they never were given the freedom to explore their own values and behaviors, they learned to mimic their parent’s identity entirely. Usually, this is done for fear of punishment or abandonment of their parents. This of course is not the only reason for a foreclosed identity, but it may be one of the greatest factors besides their given biological genes.

Thirdly, a person will enter a state of “identity moratorium”. This is the most natural and healthy state of an adolescent before reaching adult hood. It is characterized by a teenager finding their identity through experimentation, or “trial and error”. This is much like trying on many different styles of jeans until finally you find the perfect pair.

Lastly, a human reaches “identity achievement”! They have gone through their identity crisis and have reached a positive sense of self. This is the state which basically depicts a child from an adult because they now know who they are/ who they want to be.


4 Responses to “Identity Crisis by Naomi Kuitems”

  1. Evan Armstrong December 3, 2012 at 2:45 am #

    I believe human psychology is more complex than four steps. The debate of finding out who we are in life is very complex question that can only be analyzed by one’s self. However, this paper if very interesting to me, because the topic of psychology fascinates me.

  2. Pauline December 3, 2012 at 2:57 am #

    the first sentence of this essay in my opinion matches perfectly with the whole topic of the development process of ones identity in adolescence and the four stages humans take in there life time. you used great detail in describing “identity diffusion”,“identity foreclosure”,“identity moratorium”, and “identity achievement”. over all this is a well written interesting essay.

  3. Jacqueline Salgado December 3, 2012 at 4:28 am #

    I really liked the topic of your paper and thought it was very interesting. You could have maybe added another paragraph as a conclusion to tie it all together, but overall it’s a good essay.

  4. Natalia Nuutinen December 3, 2012 at 6:51 am #

    I thought you topic was very interesting! Having also learned this in psychology, I do believe that everyone of us goes through these stages to discover our identity. I thought your essay was well written and I thought you did a good job on defining each stage.

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