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The 5th stage of Erikson’s life stage theory suggest that there are distinct

tensions during the adolescent stage of development. Describe what these tensions are. How did these tensions affect your own identity development as a teenager?
The fifth stage of Erikson's life stage theory is identity versus role confusion. Tensions for an adolescent can be knowing him/herself, what s/he is going to do with his/her life, fitting in groups and experiencing things. Knowing him/herself is important to an adolescent because if he or she knows him/herself, his/her abilities, he or she can shape his/her life according to the attributes and abilities that s/he has. Adolescents try experiencing things such as fitting into social groups, experiencing things to know about themselves and potential of their personality even if they have to take risks. As a result to these tensions, these experiences may result in change in behavior, personality and look of an adolescent. In addition, these experiences continue to happen until the adolescent get over this identity and role confusion. In my adolescence years, I was trying to know myself by listening to my family's and my friends' thoughts about me. Everything about a person is not visible and observable from inside as well as outside. The people around me observed and made comments on my identity. Sometimes these comments were not reflecting the truth and sometimes they were. Those reflecting the truth were highly useful to become aware of myself, my identity and my role in the society. By this way I began to know myself. Those not reflecting the truth caused confusion such as me not being careful in my relationships. I thought and still think that people who are close to you wants you to be perfect with no mistakes. I think this was the reason of the false comments. This became a tension in my relationships and I became obsessed with my relationships and tried to be caring and over sensitive as a result of this tension. At some point it started egocentric thoughts. I began to think that people were judging me by looking at how I am good at my relationships. This also affected my attitude towards people and relationships including social groups. Due to the fact that I was trying to keep good relationships with people in my social group even if they are not the type of friend I wanted; comments, such as don't be friends with these particular people, came from my family especially from my father who observed this relationship and conclude that I should not be friends with these particular people.

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