Who Am I? Teen Identity Crisis
September 11, 2019
If your teen is searching for identity, it’s not actually a crisis. In psychology, crisis can mean active exploration – and that’s part of growing up.
Kids crave a sense of belonging and friends can be a powerful source of identity during the teen years. Parents can become concerned when teens gravitate toward a questionable group of friends.
“When that happens, you can encourage involvement in clubs and activities outside of school,” said Casey Ferguson, LIMHP, CHI Health Clinic licensed mental health practitioner. “Forbidding them to spend time with that person can make the relationship more desirable and possibly secretive.”
An exception to this advice: if your teen’s safety is at risk. That’s an extenuating circumstance which requires parents to use their best judgment.
Have your teen create a collage out of magazine clippings. Make one side “Who I Am” and the other side “Who I Want to Be.”