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Lecture 16

lecture 16

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Psychology
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PSYB30H3
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Marc A Fournier

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PSYB30PersonalityWed, March 16/2011
Lecture 16
PART II (cont...)
Identity Status Classifications...continued
Achievement (Pathmakers)
The following are the kinds of statements interviewees (researcher named James Marcia is
interviewer)
would make if they Achieved Identity
A person's faith is unique to each individual. I've considered and reconsidered it myself
and
know what I can believe. (religion)
I've thought my political beliefs through and realize I may or may not agree with many of
my
parents' beliefs. (politics)
It took me a long time to decide but now I know for sure what direction to move in for a
career. (career)
So each of these items in some way make reference to exploration and commitment
From an Eriksonian perspective, these are the individuals who've met the challenge and
emerged having made well defined commitments
These individuals do better in school and they score higher in TAT measures of
achievement
motivation
They are not rebellious but they certainly don't conform (to peer pressure or social norms)
because they're engaged in a process of exploring what they think before abiding by or
refusing
to abide by various rules
Moratorium (Searchers)
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I'm not so sure what religion means to me. I'm like to make up my mind but I'm not done
looking yet. (religion)
I'm not sure about my political beliefs, but I'm trying to figure out what I can truly
believe in.
(politics)
I just can't decide what to do for an occupation. There are so many possibilities. (career)
There are signs that the person is taking on the challenge of identity in good faith,
exploring
the alternatives available to them
Have yet to make the commitments that distinguish Achievement individuals from these
guys
They're in a search (hence Searchers) for ideological and vocational commitments but they
have yet to consolidate them
These individuals tend to me more on the anxious side, but they also tend to be friendly,
likeable, sensitive and insightful
So you could give them labels like Neurotic, but Agreeable they're warm individuals but
they have the anxiety that comes naturally when one hasn't found their place in the world
Foreclosure (Guardians)
I attend the same church as my family has always attended. I've never really questioned
why.
(religion)
I guess I'm pretty much like my folks when it comes to politics. I follow what they do in
terms
of voting and such. (politics)
My parents had it decided a long time ago what I should go into and I'm following their
career
plans. (career)
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So these people have already made commitments, but show no evidence of having
undergone an exploratory process to examine alternative viewpoints
They're Guardians of a particular culture because they take on their parents' teachings
without question, so they're guarding (preserving) their parents values
Individuals who fall into this category are seen as Traditional, conventional, diligent, and
proper
They tend to have authoritarian ideologies, so they tend to have political and social value
systems that involve never questioning authority
Diffusion (Drifters)
I don't give religion much thought and it doesn't bother me one way or the other.
(religion)
I haven't really considered politics. They just don't excite me much. (politics)
I'm sure it will be pretty easy for me to change my occupational goals when something
better
comes along. (career)
these answers show very little evidence of commitment or exploration...no real intellectual
work going on
this is either the person who has faced the challenge of identity and thrown it out the
window, or has yet to fully take on the process of identity and begin the exploratory process
If there were a hierarchy it'd look like: 1. Achievement, 2. Moratorium, 3. Foreclosure, 4.
Diffusion
We live in a society where it may not be the best thing to have a firm consolidated sense of
identity...he says those who are in Moratorium may be at an advantage:
there are so many ideologies, political viewpoints, and technology is bringing so many
different people into contact with eachother that it's probably best to not have made up your
mind so firmly about what is right or what is good
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PSYB30PersonalityWed March 162011Lecture 16PART II contIdentity Status ClassificationscontinuedAchievement PathmakersThe following are the kinds of statements interviewees researcher named James Marcia is interviewer would make if they Achieved IdentityA persons faith is unique to each individual Ive considered and reconsidered it myself and know what I can believe religionIve thought my political beliefs through and realize I may or may not agree with many of my parents beliefs politicsIt took me a long time to decide but now I know for sure what direction to move in for a career careerSo each of these items in some way make reference to exploration and commitmentFrom an Eriksonian perspective these are the individuals whove met the challenge and emerged having made well defined commitments These individuals do better in school and they score higher in TAT measures of achievement motivationThey are not rebellious but they certainly dont conform to peer pressure or social norms because theyre engaged in a process of exploring what they think before abiding by or refusing to abide by various rulesMoratorium SearcherswwwnotesolutioncomIm not so sure what religion means to me Im like to make up my mind but Im not done looking yet religionIm not sure about my political beliefs but Im trying to figure out what I can truly believe in politicsI just cant decide what to do for an occupation There are so many possibilities careerThere are signs that the person is taking on the challenge of identity in good faith exploring the alternatives available to themHave yet to make the commitments that distinguish Achievement individuals from these guysTheyre in a search hence Searchers for ideological and vocational commitments but they have yet to consolidate themThese individuals tend to me more on the anxious side but they also tend to be friendly likeable sensitive and insightfulSo you could give them labels like Neurotic but Agreeabletheyre warm individuals but they have the anxiety that comes naturally when one hasnt found their place in the worldForeclosure GuardiansI attend the same church as my family has always attended Ive never really questioned why religionI guess Im pretty much like my folks when it comes to politics I follow what they do in terms of voting and such politicsMy parents had it decided a long time ago what I should go into and Im following their career plans careerwwwnotesolutioncom
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