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Lecture 16

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Marc A Fournier

PSYB30 Personality Wed, March 162011 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 persons faith is unique to each individual. Ive considered and reconsidered it myself and know what I can believe. (religion) Ive 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 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 motivation They 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 rules Moratorium (Searchers) Im not so sure what religion means to me. Im like to make up my mind but Im not done looking yet. (religion) Im not sure about my political beliefs, but Im trying to figure out what I can truly believe in. (politics) I just cant 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 Theyre 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 theyre warm individuals but they have the anxiety that comes naturally when one hasnt found their place in the world Foreclosure (Guardians) I attend the same church as my family has always attended. Ive never really questioned why. (religion)
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