The early years of one’s life and the dynamics between one’s personality and environment matter a lot in the establishment of identity. Individuals depend on their family background, cultural value system, school structure and significant events in lives to define themselves. If they are not able to modify and synthesize themselves with the challenges from the environment, adaptation becomes difficult. The feeling of being lost can be overwhelming and perplexing and this is called an identity crisis.
Some signs that you may be having an identity crisis include:
- You’re unsure of who you are, either in general or in relation to a specific area of your life, such as relationships, age or profession.
- You’re having a lot of internal conflict because you’re not sure who you are or what your position in society is.
- Significant life changes, such as a divorce or loss of a family member, have recently occurred that have changed your sense of self.
- You’re doubting your ideals, spirituality, convictions, desires or career direction, all of which have a huge effect on how you see yourself.
- You’re looking for a deeper sense of purpose, cause or passion in your life.
When one struggles with identity issues one may feel untethered, which may lead to depression, anxiety, hopelessness, substance abuse, and much more. Psychotherapy or talk therapy offers a place in which people may discuss the issues related to their identity. Through psychotherapy, people may find ways to cope with struggles associated with their identity and ultimately find themselves in the process.