Chapter 1, Prologue
• The term "identity crisis" denotes a turning point rather than a psychological crisis or breakdown.
• Erikson states that Identity crises are typically focused in particular on adolescence and young adulthood.
• The original concept of Erikson's theory focuses on what identity feels like to an individual when she becomes conscious of it.
• According to Erikson's theory, identity consists in a subjective sense of invigorating sameness and continuity and exists within an individual's core but also in his community's core.
• Identity formation involves a process of reflection and observation that works on all levels of functioning.
• Within this process, the individual compares judgments he makes of himself to judgments made about him by others.
• According to Erikson, the process is always changing and developing.
• The traditional psychoanalytic method, as proposed by Freud, cannot grasp identity because it cannot integrate the environment.
• Erikson felt that human identity can...
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