identity crisis definition

  • noun:
    • A psychosocial state or condition of disorientation and role confusion happening particularly in teenagers as a result of conflicting external and internal experiences, pressures, and objectives and frequently producing acute anxiety.
    • An analogous condition of confusion happening in a social structure, such as for example an institution or a corporation.
    • an emergency of personal identification as defined by Erik Erikson.
    • distress and disorientation (especially in puberty) resulting from conflicting pressures and doubt about one's self plus one's part in society

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