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identity crisis

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A psychosocial state or condition of disorientation and role confusion occurring especially in adolescents as a result of conflicting internal and external experiences, pressures, and expectations and often producing acute anxiety.
  • n. An analogous state of confusion occurring in a social structure, such as an institution or a corporation.

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  • n. A crisis of personal identity as defined by Erik Erikson.

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  • n. distress and disorientation (especially in adolescence) resulting from conflicting pressures and uncertainty about one's self and one's role in society

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