Glossary I

Identify Theft refers to the criminal act of assuming another person's full identity

Identity refers to person's self -concept or a person's sense of who he/she is.

Identity achievement is defined as identity status characterizing individuals who have carefully considered identity issues and have made firm commitments to an occupation and ideologies; an identity status that characterizes those who have explored alternatives and have developed commitments.

Identity Conflicts refer to conflicts that develop when a person or group feels that their sense of self (who one is) is threatened or denied legitimacy or respect. Religious, ethnic, and racial conflicts are examples of identity conflicts.

Identity confusion refers to a person's lack of clear sense of who he/she is, ranging from confusion about his/her role in the world to actual delusional thinking.

Identity crisis refers to a turning point in development during which one examines one's values and makes decisions about life roles. Identity crisis is Erikson’s term for the uncertainty and discomfort that adolescents experience when they become confused about their present and future roles in life

Identity diffusion refers to identity status characterizing individuals who are not questioning who they are and have not yet committed themselves to an identity

Identity foreclosure refers to individual identity status in which a commitment to family , work, politics, and religious values is established prematurely, without crisis .

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