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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You don’t change careers, you don’t even go off and have an identity crisis when you’re a second-generation Portuguese-American fisherman.
In her analysis, Silverman argued that widowhood was so difficult because the death of a husband presented a massive identity crisis for women.