Who and Where

A classic clip from the film Storytelling, exemplifies Stage 5 of Erik Erikson’s social development theory.  It is within this stage that teens are asking these two primary questions:  1) Who am I? (identity), and 2) Where am I going? (purpose).

When teens come out of this stage with healthy development in their personality, they are secure in their identity, secure in their purpose for life.

When teens come out of this stage with unhealthy development, it can look a little like this:

Typically called “role confusion” with worry about the future and uncertainty in who they are.

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~ by Dave Smith on July 30, 2009.

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