The Identity Crisis of the American Left

  In psychology, the term "identity crisis" refers to a personal, psychosocial conflict involving confusion about one's social role and personality.  Not exclusive to teenagers, the internal strife can occur in adults and organizations. From Eric Erikson's (1963) "stages of psychosocial development" through Engler's (2006) observation on role confusion ("the inability to conceive oneself as a productive member of one's own society"), researchers have learned to classify individuals into four categories depending on their "identity status."  Identity achieved people have thought profoundly about their beliefs and have no problem identifying themselves. individuals in status of moratorium are trying to determine what their life choices are.  Those classified into the foreclosure category took an identity, copycat-style, and people who didn't bother to think about their personal choices...(Read Full Article)

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