Identity (in Psychology)


identity, in philosophy, problem of distinguishing sameness from change, or unity from diversity; primarily examined in connection with personal identity, universals, and the law of identity in logic. In personal identity the concern has been to determine whether anything in the body or mind remains constant; philosophers have reached no general agreement on this point. The term identity has also become increasingly important in modern psychology, largely through the work of Erik Erikson. He has used the term to designate a sense of self that develops in the course of a man's life and that both relates him to and sets him apart from his social milieu. The terms "identity crisis" and "identity confusion," introduced by Erikson, have gained a wide usage, which often varies from their intended technical sense.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Identity (in Psychology): Selected full-text books and articles

Self Studies: The Psychology of Self and Identity
Karl E. Scheibe.
Praeger, 1995
The Quest for Identity: From Minority Groups to Generation Xers
Donald M. Taylor.
Praeger, 2002
The Saturated Self: Dilemmas of Identity in Contemporary Life
Kenneth J. Gergen.
Basic Books, 2000
Questioning Identity: Gender, Class, Ethnicity
Kath Woodward.
Routledge, 2004 (2nd edition)
Discussions on Ego Identity
Jane Kroger.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1993
Self Expressions: Mind, Morals, and the Meaning of Life
Owen Flanagan.
Oxford University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "Identity and Reflection"
Indivisible Selves and Moral Practice
Vinit Haksar.
Edinburgh University Press, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Part I "Persons and Personal Identity"
Identity Formation, Agency, and Culture: A Social Psychological Synthesis
James E. Côté; Charles G. Levine.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2002
Revising Herself: The Story of Women's Identity from College to Midlife
Ruthellen Josselson.
Oxford University Press, 1996
Adolescent Psychological Development: Rationality, Morality, and Identity
David Moshman.
Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1999
Identity in Adolescence: The Balance between Self and Other
Jane Kroger.
Routledge, 2004 (3rd edition)
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