Healthy Self Identity

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As human beings, all of us grow up with a fundamental task to search for the answer to the question: “Who am I?” In the teenage years, however, young people are the most aware of their personal identity. This is a crucial time for early adolescents, as they will be experiencing many changes throughout the journey of determining who they are and creating their own sense of self. Identity achievement comes from many years of exploring different roles and personalities. (Santrock 2011 p. 141) Adolescents can change their attitudes and personalities almost daily.
When a person is transferring from childhood to adolescence, it is very likely that they will face many challenges and run into a lot of conflicts. Teenage years are, I believe, some of the hardest times of a person’s life. There are many factors involved, which can have a great impact on identity formation. Parents are important figures in the adolescent’s development of identity (Cooper 2011). Although parental influence might not be as strong during the teenage years, it plays a significant role on shaping a person’s characteristic, providing them with a firm life script throughout their childhood. As a mother of two teenagers and of course being a teenager once myself, I absolutely believe a parents can be very influential in the development of an adolescent’s identity. To have supportive, loving parents to help guide you through all the chaos that being a teen brings, to me, is invaluable. My mom was none of that, and I can see how it negatively affected me. To this day it affects me. My self-esteem isn’t the greatest. I second-guess myself quite often, wonder if I’m doing the right thing, making the right decisions, being the best mom, a good enough wife, a good enough Christian. This list goes on and on. I feel if I had the support I not only needed but also craved from my mother, I would be a…...

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