Who Am I? Understanding Identity and the Many Ways We Define Ourselves

by
Christine L. B. Selbyauthor

Christine L. B. Selby, PhD, CEDS, is professor of psychology at Husson University and a licensed psychologist, sport psychologist, and eating disorder specialist in part-time private practice.

Who Am I? Understanding Identity and the Many Ways We Define Ourselves

20211231

Greenwood

Pages 296
Topics Case Studies;Well-Developed Identity;Social Media Use and Identity;Self-Determination Theory;Self-Complexity;Racial Identity;Poorly Developed Identity;Peer Pressure;Millennials;Marcia, James;Influences on Identity;Individualism;Identity Statuses;Identity Formation;Identity Across a Lifetime;Identity;Generation Z;Gender Identity;Ethnic Identity;Erikson, Erik;Cultural Identity;Collectivism

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Who Am I? Understanding Identity and the Many Ways We Define Ourselves

Author(s): Selby, Christine;
Contributors: Selby, Christine;
Abstract:

This book explores what identity is, what factors contribute to it, how it develops, and the impacts that a strong or weak sense of self can have on a person's health, happiness, and future.

Many teens grapple with the seemingly simple question, "Who am I?" and struggle to integrate their experiences at school, at home, and with friends into their burgeoning sense of identity. How teens see themselves can influence the friends they choose, the decisions they make, and their mental and physical well-being. Having a strong sense of self can help them resist peer pressure, avoid risky behaviors, and make choices and plans that align with their values and interests. Yet research shows that such factors as heavy social media use can have a strongly negative effect on healthy identity formation for today's teens.

Who Am I? Understanding Identity and the Many Ways We Define Ourselves examines the subjects of identity and identity formation across the lifespan, with special emphasis on the teenage years. Beyond simply discussing relevant psychological theories, the book focuses on how identity formation happens in the real world and how it affects the daily lives of teens. It also includes a collection of fictional case studies that provide concrete, relatable illustrations of concepts discussed in the book.


  • Focuses on a subject that is important to many teens, helping them better understand and contextualize their experiences
  • Addresses many forms of identity, including those based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and hobbies
  • Discusses identity formation from both theoretical and practical angles, providing value for both psychology students and general-interest readers
  • Includes case studies that help to illustrate concepts discussed in the text
  • Offers a Directory of Resources for readers seeking additional information

SortTitle: who am i? understanding identity and the many ways we define ourselves
Keyword(s): Case Studies; Well-Developed Identity; Social Media Use and Identity; Self-Determination Theory; Self-Complexity; Racial Identity; Poorly Developed Identity; Peer Pressure; Millennials; Marcia, James; Influences on Identity; Individualism; Identity Statuses; Identity Formation; Identity Across a Lifetime; Identity; Generation Z; Gender Identity; Ethnic Identity; Erikson, Erik; Cultural Identity; Collectivism
Author Info:
Christine L. B. Selbyauthor

Christine L. B. Selby, PhD, CEDS, is professor of psychology at Husson University and a licensed psychologist, sport psychologist, and eating disorder specialist in part-time private practice.

eISBN-13: 9781440872051
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Print ISBN-13: 9781440872044
Imprint: Greenwood
Pages: 296
Publication Date: 20211231