a period or episode of psychological distress, often occurring in adolescence but sometimes in adulthood, when a person seeks a clearer sense of self and an acceptable role in society.
confusion as to goals and priorities: The company is undergoing an identity crisis.
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- identity card,
- identity disorder,
- identity element,
- identity function,
- identity matrix,
- identity politics
Origin of identity crisis
First recorded in 1950–55
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A psychosocial state or condition of disorientation and role confusion occurring especially in adolescents as a result of conflicting pressures and expectations and often producing acute anxiety.
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