Identity, Youth, and Crisis Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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* 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 change...

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