How to avoid an identity crisis
‘How to avoid an identity crisis’ involves knowing and understanding, what having an identity crisis actually means. If, or when, a person fails to achieve an ego identity during adolescence, it is referred to as an identity crisis, according to Erik Erkckson.
At this time, (usually during adolescence), a person is going through a period of very intense, self-analysis, as he or she begins to seek ways to understand himself or herself. An identity crisis may occur duirng the identity cohesion versus role confusion stage.
When there is no cohesion of identity role confusion results. In this kind of a scenario, the person does not know who he or she really is and may make the following statement. «I don’t know who I am!» Many times, with appropriate parenting, professional guidance and counseling, an identity crisis can be avoided.
Recognise the cry for help
The statement, «I don’t know who I am!» by an upset adolescent, may represent a serious cry for help. It should be regarded as such by others, because this kind of a scenario can turn into a family emergency, or a life-threatening identity crisis, very quickly.
Be aware that having an identity crisis is a painful experience
Going through an identity crisis, can be a very painful, as well as a highly emotional, personal experience for an adolescent. It can also result in a lot of pain for others, including parents, siblings and friends, if it is not dealt with immediately and appropriately.
Know that there is a high degree of confusion
A person going through an identity crisis may feel very confused, as well as depressed, lost and alone. He or she may be trying to find himself or herself, by seeking directives from you and others.
Begin to build and maintain positive and constructive relationships
Beginning to build and maintain positive, constructive relationships, with someone who is going through an identity crisis, is very important, as this person can be led astray very easily. He or she may also be suicidal, or become involved with negative and destrucitve behaviours, in an attempt to establish some kind of an identity. If you are the one who is going into an identity crisis, seek positive and constructive directives from professionals, immediately.