Calling attention to America's identity crisis

America's Identity Crisis
In 1970, psychologist Erik Erikson introduced the phrase identity crisis. Erikson believes that the identity crisis is the most important conflict human beings encounter when they go through eight developmental stages in life. According to Erikson the identity is "a subjective sense as well as an observable quality of personal sameness and continuity, paired with some belief in the sameness and continuity of some shared world image. As a quality of unself-conscious living, this can be gloriously obvious in a young person who has found himself as he has found his communality. In him we see emerge a unique unification of what is irreversibly given--that is, body type and temperament, giftedness and vulnerability, infantile models and acquired ideals--with the open choices provided in available roles, occupational possibilities, values offered, mentors met, friendships made, and first sexual encounters."

According to Erikson's stages, the onset of the identity crisis is in the teenage years, and only individuals who succeed in resolving the crisis will be ready to face future challenges in life. But the identity crisis may well be recurring, as the changing world demands us to constantly redefine ourselves. Erikson suggested that people experience an identity crisis when they lose "a sense of personal sameness and historical continuity".

Compared to most other countries, America is still a very young country and as a nation, she is a living entity, with similar or equivalent dynamics as a person. In that wise, America is perhaps still in her teenage years - the onset of identity crisis. As only individuals who succeed in resolving the crisis of identity would be ready to face future challenges in life, so would America, in resolving the crisis of identity that now confronts it in the age of schizophrenic political correctness, moral demise, and divergent culturalsim (profuse culturalism) that foster ethnic division or social tribalization.


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