Reflecting My Identity Formation

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Each aspect in a person’s life shapes who they are or will become in their life and it all starts with forming their identity. According to Marcia (1980), “The identity process neither begins nor ends with adolescence. It begins with the self-object differentiation at infancy and reaches its final phase with the self-mankind integration at old age” (p. 160). Everyone goes through life changes and has a set of moral values and thus shaping their identity into who they are. Four aspects that have shaped my identity formation from adolescence (age 13-19) to young adulthood (age 20-39) are: religion, peer relationships, family relationships, and romantic relationships.
From birth to adulthood the way one perceives themselves is developed through
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Taking on characteristics of others no long provides satisfaction; the individual experiences a desire to shape his or her world in unique ways. Identity formation begins with a synthesis of childhood skills, beliefs, and identifications into a coherent, unique whole that provides continuity with the past and direction for the future (Maricia,1993).
Adolescence is a period of seeking to find one’s identity or meaning in life. Erikson called this stage in life “identity vs. role confusion”. As adolescents, we question our true meaning and life and try to figure out who we are and what we are meant to do in life. I know as an adolescent I questioned my meaning in life and tried to figure out who I was. Certain factors/aspects helped me figure out my true identity. However, I feel no as an early adult, at the age of 28; soon to be 29, my identity is still shaping every single
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According to Montgomery (2005), “young people transition from primary relationships with caregivers (during childhood) to primary relationships with peers (during adolescence), optimally reaching adulthood with a capacity for long-term intimate relationships of trust and mutuality that also support welfare” (p.346). Each relationship we are in throughout life, builds on one another to prepare us for the next. As adolescents, we go through many different romantic relationships and date different people. Each person we date, gives us different aspects on what we want in life and what we need to stay away

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