What is a Healthy Identity?

If you’ve been following my recent posts, you’ve probably noticed I have been thinking about the concept of ‘identity’ quite a bit. I’ve tried to define my concept of identity in relation to self-esteem, trauma, addiction, social media, and issues veterans face in transition to civilian life. I’ve been trying to use a consistent concept […]

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Identity Crisis Among Veterans

In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity. — Erik Erikson Erickson’s concept of identity crisis has been generally associated with adolescents trying out various identities as they find their place in the world. Before my research on veterans in transition to civilian life, […]

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Identity and Social Media

Expanding on my previous post, I want to explore the interaction between identity and self-worth, but in the context of social media. Social role influences identity. As stated previously, I am using Erickson’s model of identity as derived from one’s social role. When one has a low sense of self-worth, they may take on roles […]

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How Self-worth Affects Identity

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how our social environment affects our identity. Our social environments shape us from birth, often unconsciously, instilling a sense of security, self-worth, and identity. Those growing up in dysfunctional families may lack a fundamental sense of self-worth, causing them to seek a sense of significance in ways that are unhealthy […]

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How “Social” is Social Media?

Facebook’s mission is to “Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.” Is social media actually bringing us together? As a sociologist, I took a look at the research. Here is what I found: Social media use is correlated with depression and low well-being. Yes, this conclusion itself sounds depressing, but let’s take […]

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Facilitating Change

We all know a friend or loved one who needs to make some changes in their life. We have often tried to offer this person advice and tough love, feeling powerless as they head down a road to self-destruction. We have often heard that we can’t change other people, but it is too difficult to […]

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