What Do You Do When I Grow Up? Essay

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Adolescence is a very stressful time in an individual’s life. During this stage, teens are searching for ways to be different from their parents and peers while maintaining a sense of belonging. Erik Erickson developed a theory which indicates each stage of life has a psychosocial challenge to conquer. This challenge is also known as the “crisis.” This is the time in which teens ask themselves, “Who am I?”, “What do I believe in?”, and “What do I want to do when I grow up?”. This is the beginning of the search for identity and the process during which role confusion is most evident.
Erickson describes adolescence as a period of time during which crisis are considered normal. According to the Graduate Journal of Counseling Psychology, “ It is worth noting that Erickson (1968) used the term crisis “in a developmental sense to connote more a threat of catastrophe, but a turning point, a crucial period of increased vulnerability and heightened potential” (Sokol, 2009, page 2). “The Breakfast Club” clearly displays crisis through the search for identity and the struggle through role confusion displayed by each character. Erickson’s theory of Psychosocial Development in action.
Adolescence is the transition between childhood and adulthood where values learned in childhood are reevaluated. During this time biological developments lead to psychological and social changes with hopes of creating an increased sense of independence. This is a critical time in one 's lifespan. A…

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