Intimacy vs. Isolation
Identity versus role confusion is the fifth stage of eight, of Erik Erikson's theory of psychosocial development. This stage occurs during adolescence between the ages of approximately 13 to 19. Teens need to develop a sense of self and personal identity. During this stage, children are exploring their independence and developing a sense of self. This is one of the most crucial stages, as it comes during adolescence. According to Kartha (2010) during this period, teenagers are in a confused state of mind as they are expected to behave neither like a child nor as an adult. The adolescent strives to create his or her own identity in relationships, society, career, etc. He or she develops a sense of fidelity (which is a virtue at this stage) and attaches great importance to relationships, especially to friends. Failing to accomplish this can result in crisis at later stage in development.
This was a very important as well as timid stage for me as a teenager; as timid was a very bold part of my personality. Coming from a home where discipline was strong and self independence was indirectly taught, left me with few friends but the few I had was more than satisfactory for me, but left looking for intimacy. This stage is definitely as Erickson stated was a stage of identity verses role confusion, earlier during this stage I was playing a number of roles, mainly a ‘bad boy’ role despite growing up in a Christian home, as it seems that’s the kind of guys that got all the hype and the girls love. This was a great crisis for me as exploring with different identities was severely affecting my school work, as I can remember the school calling my parents to school to speak about my performance, performing retrogressively than before. Poorly than the performance that got me to the prominent high school. According to Niolon
(2009) four crisis resolution are Identity Achievement (crises and commitment), Moratorium (crises and commitment...
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