Exploring Myself Identity Analysis

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Exploring Myself Identity
During the phase of exploration in adolescents and young adults, one’s self concept and self esteem substantially change. Erik Erikson, developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst is recognized for his theory on psychosocial development divided in 8 stages of human development. Erikson claims that adolescents face a substantial psychological turmoil as they encounter an identity crisis (Feldman, 385). Identity vs. identity confusion stage is the phase of discovery and exploration. In this stage adolescents eventually make choices about their personal, occupational, sexual, and political commitments. Erikson’s claims that teenagers struggle in this stage because teenagers are making efforts to successfully choose
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My life experiences during my teenage years were difficult. As I began high school, I joined the cheerleading team and strived to achieve the feeling of belonging with that particular group of friends, so I modified my circumstances to narrow my opportunities to meet new people. It was most convenient for me to hang out with the team and although I made more friends in high school, the cheerleading girls were my closest friends, my clique. Our frequent social interaction influenced my behavior which determined my similarity to many of the members (Felman, 400). The consequence of hanging out with the same group of friends was not a great way to enhance my social development. I realized I was with the wrong crowd and I was easily driven to follow their steps. This adolescent social behavior of mine led me into the identity foreclosure category. I learned that friends need to be chosen wisely. My friends now are those who share the same path, value and beliefs. A successful relationship consists of good manners, respect, and mutual understanding. In Development Across a Life Span, the author describes that the main reason to why particular people become friends is proximity. Moreover, accessibility to friends praises companionship, social approval, and an occasional helping hand when you might need it the most (Feldman, 451). At this point in my life, I have achieved Marcia’s category of moratorium when it …show more content…
I have been a very curious child and I often questioned the reason for a priest, Jesus and God. Once I learned the differences, I started to know the differences between Christianity and Catholicism. I visited Christian churches at the age of fourteen and fully dedicated myself to learn their ways. However, as I grew older, I started rebelling against Catholicism and Christianity in search for the truth. History helped me understand the origin and the evil ways of humanity. Spirituality was my way out and the Catholic Church was not the correct example to follow the truth and neither was Christianity. At the age of seventeen, I met my boyfriend and he introduced me to a book called, The Bhavagad Gita as It Is. The book opened my eyes to other religions in the world. I have tried to follow their principles of how to be a spiritual being. Having read a few sacred texts, I learned that we are in a questioning and critical age when it comes to analyzing history of the past and its dogmas. As mentioned in the textbook, Development Across a Life Span, the author explains that people in the individuative-reflective stage of faith is when typically young adults realize that there is more than one view of God (Feldman, 389). I am committed to learn the wisdom of my ancestors and the Mesoamerican masters who have passed down their language and culture. Learning that

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