What is an Identity Crisis and Could You Be Having One?

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Although the term “Identity Crisis” typically refers to adolescents and young adults trying to establish who they are and what they want out of life, it is not limited to this age group. Middle aged and older adults can also find themselves in the midst of an identity crisis, suddenly questioning their beliefs, roles and values possibly even for the first time in their lives.

If you were one of those young people who followed in your Mother or Fathers footsteps, never questioning your path or got married or chose a career path when you were very young you may find at mid-life that you are suddenly unsure, unsatisfied or unhappy with where you are at. If your children have recently left home or you are newly divorced you may find yourself feeling very lost and asking the question “who am I?” If this is the case then you may be having an identity crisis.

As unsettling as this may seem, you have an opportunity to deeply explore what you really want. If you have never taken the time to do this, it can be scary and overwhelming, but ultimately rewarding.

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