Identity crisis is mostly confined to adolescents as though it is only a problem for juveniles, but, it is in fact an all-round problem irrespective of age, race, or social status because identity is something that shifts and grows throughout life as people confront new challenges and tackle different experiences. There are teenagers who struggle to identify their values just as we have tricenarians who constantly question their purpose in life. It is not limited to age.
Identity crisis a psychological crisis in which a person experiences uncertainty about who they really are and their proper role in life. If you are questioning things such as your values, spirituality, beliefs, interests, or career path you may be experiencing identity crisis. That period it seems nothing exactly answers your whys and you begin to feel lost. Identity crisis, if not addressed as early as it comes fuels mid-life crisis. This is so because a person who is skeptical about who they are will barely be internally satisfied, hence a forging life crisis brought about by events that highlight their growing age, and possibly lack of accomplishments in life that may produce feelings of intense depression, remorse, and high levels of anxiety, or the desire to achieve youthfulness or make drastic changes to their current lifestyle or feel the wish to change past decisions and events.
Looking at it from another perspective, is a state in which a country, organization, etc. is subject to disorientation and uncertainty about their true role. So, whilst it is nearly possible that you may not have experienced a personal identity crisis, you may have experienced it as a business or part of a business where the company struggles to operate in accordance with its supposed values, or when the purpose or value of a product is questioned. Whenever you are at that point, you are faced with the rhetoric question, “who am I?”
Whether you have experienced a personal identity crisis or identity crisis in your business, you need to understand that as humans, there will be times when we will be at odds with who we are, our values, interest, faith, and spirituality especially in a world like ours where society is bias, unfavorable, and highly hypocritical and poses as a threat, detecting who we should be at the expense of who we really want to be. A typical example would be that of a homosexual trying to integrate with the Nigerian society. This individual will mostly suffer from identity crisis because society does not support their budding identity leaving them in a psychological catastrophe. They will consistently question who they are, why they are the way they are, and not meeting with society’s normalcy, their interest, values, and whatnot. When they are not able to answer these questions, they do not only lose touch with life’s essence, they become depressed.
Although identity crisis can be dispiriting, what matters is getting out of it. This requires the individual involved looking inwardly and connecting dots that help them answer the big question of who they are. To deal with identity crisis, you need to be open to self-exploration and self-reference as opposed to defining self primarily in terms of other’s expectations or reactions. The more you self-explore, the more aware of yourself you become, and self-awareness they say is a key to self-mastery.
Secondly, find support. Having good social support can help influence how well you cope with big changes or questions of identity. Get people who are both good listeners and non-judgmental, and talk to them about how you really feel. These could include friends, partners, family members, support groups, or even a therapist.
Lastly, ignore internal and external judgment and support self-validity. It is true that other people’s expectations, as well as our own, can have a big effect on how we’re feeling, but don’t let society’s standards dictate who you are and what you should like. Living for people’s acceptance is just like being prepared to die from their rejection. The feeling of self-validation breeds self-confidence, and when that confidence creeps in, you are able to position yourself for a productive life.
Identity crisis, no matter how anyone tries to trivialize it is a big issue even than an economic crisis because people cannot function well in society if they do not know who they are and what they should pursue to improve their lives and impact that of others. Whenever you feel at odds with your identity, it is okay to pause and self-evaluate. Make time to connect your identity because being lost in the crowd is almost as worse as having no personal identity.