Identity, Youth, and Crisis Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Erikson feel the biological process of psychoanalysis has become?

2. Where does Erikson feel our self representations stem from?

3. What type of groups, as proposed by Erikson, often play on the various needs of youth?

4. Throughout the stages of Erikson's theory of identity development, what happens if youth do not take advantage of the wisdom elders have to share?

5. How does man quantify attributes of himself philosophically and psychologically in terms of Erikson's views of identity development?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is unique about a revolution or awareness of identity as discussed by Erikson in chapter eight "Race and Wider Identity"?

2. Why does Erikson think that biology is shallow and inaccurate?

3. In Chapter 5, why has Erikson replace the term identity confusion with identity diffusion?

4. What role does the psychoanalyst play in helping an individual in terms of developing identity according to the theory set forth by Erikson?

5. Why does Erikson feel it is necessary to explore emotional reactions and resistance in terms of women's position in the world?

6. How does Erikson propose a sketch of psychopathology can help make sense of a new identity?

7. Why does Erikson feel it is important to have a clear identity when one has numerous options for identity available?

8. What resulted from Marx-Freud polarization?

9. Why does Erikson's notion of identity resistance often occur and therapy?

10. According to post-Freudian theory, how is culture developed around women?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the history of race identity development in America and provide an explanation of the current state of minority identity development.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the importance of using case history to develop a theory of identity. Is this method valid? Why or why not? What other methods could be used in developing valid theory of identity development?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Erikson suggest that true intimacy can only occur after positive identity formation? What does this theory suggest about intimacy as a whole? What is the counterpart of intimacy and how does this play into the concept of intimacy and identity formation?

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