Identity, Youth, and Crisis Topics for Discussion

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Explain Erikson's conception of identity. What are some differences between the clinician's conception of identity and the common conception?

Discuss some theoretical challenges Erikson grapples with in defining a useful concept of identity.

What's an identity crisis? Does Erikson think that an identity crisis is dysfunctional? If not, how is it functional?

What is identity confusion? How does it occur? How can it be avoided? How can it be fixed?

Explain Erikson's view on the relationship of psychoanalysis and social science. Why does the two sides need one another?

How does adolescence present a particularly challenging identity crisis?

How does Erikson use his theory of identity to address women's issues, race issues, and issues facing contemporary youth in 1968?

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