identity crisisidentity crisis
the condition of being uncertain of one's feelings about oneself, esp. with regard to character, goals, and origins, occurring esp. in adolescence as a result of growing up under disruptive, fast-changing conditions
Origin of identity crisiscoined by E. Erikson (1902-94), United States psychoanalyst
- A psychosocial state or condition of disorientation and role confusion occurring especially in adolescents as a result of conflicting internal and external experiences, pressures, and expectations and often producing acute anxiety.
- An analogous state of confusion occurring in a social structure, such as an institution or a corporation.