Identity Development And Personality Prototype

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Identity Development and Personality Prototype Developing a sense of identity and discovering your personality can be hard, particularly if you are an adolescent. The transition from childhood to adulthood, where to go to college, what to study, and what kind of work do I want to do? These are all questions that most teens have asked themselves many times. Often times, the answers to these questions change many times, before a final decision is made. Other times the decision may be made by someone other than the teen themselves. As a young adolescent, the most common identity statuses are diffusion and foreclosure. In the foreclosure and diffusion it is common for the young adolescent to either avoid making choices (diffusion) or to be …show more content…
As a young adolescent, I avoided making decisions about my future education and career (diffusion). Then I joined the military because I thought that was what everyone in my family wanted (foreclosure). After spending six years in the military, I decided to get out and explore my options (moratorium). I went to college and received a B.A.in business. Next, I explored career options in many different fields in business and realized business was not my forte. Finally, at forty three years old, I reached the achievement stage, when I realized that nursing is my passion …show more content…
17) “What seems crucial to the success of anyone searching for a new beginning is that they know where to start, with themselves. You may not know exactly which job or volunteer position you want, but you know your strengths; capitalize on them. Understanding your uniqueness through personality type, if it resonates, or therapy, or any way you choose, is a good place to begin. Then use the resources that are available to create some structure, and a plan.” Using what you know about yourself to help you find your path, has been the aim of a theory devised by John Holland (1985, 1987, 1996). The following chart will describe different personalities and the careers that are best suited for each type.
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Personality Types in Holland 's Theory
Personality Type Description Careers
Realistic Individuals enjoy doing physical labor and working with their hands: they like to solve concrete problems. Mechanic, truck driver, construction worker
Investigative Individuals are task oriented and enjoy thinking about abstract relations. Scientist, technical worker
Social Individuals are skilled verbally and interpersonally: they enjoy solving problems using these skills. Teacher, counselor, social

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