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Identity: Two objects are never identical. Identity is a single object, to which may be referred to with two different terms. The fact that two descriptions mean a single object may be discovered only in the course of an investigation.

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Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

 
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Upton I 117
Identity/Erikson/Upton: According to Erikson (1950)(1), during adolescence, young people are faced with an overwhelming number of choices about who they are and where they are going in life. For Erikson, this is the crisis that has to be resolved at this developmental stage; if adolescents are not able to answer this question adequately they will suffer from identity confusion, which wifi delay their development in the later stages of life. The search for identity is supported by what Erikson calls a psychosocial moratorium.
What he means is that adolescents are relatively free of responsibility, which enables them to have the space to try out (and discard) different identities. They are able to experiment with different roles and personalities until they find the ones that best suit them. >Identity/Developmental psychology.


1. Erikson. EH (1950) Childhood and Society, New York: WW Norton.


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Erikson, Erik
Upton I
Penney Upton
Developmental Psychology 2011


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