The Importance Of Identity Development In Adolescence

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Throughout my adolescence, my identity has been developed in many ways by many different factors. Early on in adolescence, I was very impressionable and got aspects of my identity from others however when I entered crisis my identity developed. James Marcia classifies identity development in adolescence into four stages and I believe I passed through all of them to get to where I am today (Marcia pp401). Early on in adolescence, I had no sense of direction; however, I found my identity through others in what Marcia terms as the diffusion phase. Later on in adolescence, I got my goals and identity from my parents and this was my foreclosure phase. I then went through some personal crises that shaped who I am today. During these crises, I was …show more content…
While I was in my diffusion phase, I was searching for somewhere to draw my identity from. During adolescence people tend to strive for intimacy; for me my friends were that source. I, myself, had not gone through crisis at this point in my life. Everything that I identified with was the same as my friends. We were all into the same music; we all loved metal music from twenty years before we were even born. We all wore shirts of old bands, and when we were into something you could tell by looking at us. My friends liked to skateboard so of course I did as well. We let the activities we did and the music we were listening to, be our identity. In our textbook, there is a section about Banduras social learning theory. Bandura says that when children develop they learn by imitation and by internalization of imitations. (Cook, 2014, p. 8). I internalized a lot of my ideas about who I was from who my friends were; my identity became a direct reflection of my friend’s identities. My desire for intimacy during my early adolescence had me identify with what my friends identified …show more content…
Academic achievement has been both a positive and a negative contributor throughout my adolescence. Early in high school, while I still was in the diffusion stage of my identity, I did not do well in school. Part of the reason why, was that I cared more about being close with my friends. All of my time out of school was spent with my friends. Throughout the first year of high school, this led to a lack of achievement academically. My parents then intervened and gave me a goal of achieving academically and stressed to me how important academic achievement was. However, at this point, I did not understand how my mind worked. I was not aware of the learning strategies that a person needed to use in order to succeed in school. I went through a crisis that started me into a moratorium phase that would last me years. My lack of academic achievement led my counselor at school to suggest vocational school. I was sent to a visit there to see about enrolling for the next year. I went on this trip and I found out that labor such as blacksmithing was not for me. Seeing this school and what my life was going to end up as set my sights on doing well academically. This crisis made academic achievement important to me, and even carries with me today when I worry about how I am performing in my courses. I was able to start understanding my own thinking, not knowing at the time that I was

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