DocViewerPagesPSYC 210CRITICAL THINKING ACTIVITYAfter you have read and reviewed Chapter 6, test your critical thinking skills on these four casestudies. They will illustrate the identity statuses proposed by Erik Erikson and others. For eachcase, suggest the most appropriate identity status – identity achievement, role confusion/diffusion,foreclosure, and moratorium; then describe your reasoning. You will not submit this activity.Use it to complete Discussion: Identity Formation.1. Rudy. Rudy has changed his college major so many times that it will take him six years tograduate. Since his parents have pointedly objected to paying the expenses for tuition androom and board, Rudy has cheerfully taken on a variety of jobs, ranging from bartender toshow salesman. He likes work that allows him time to think and be alone; his few friends arevery much the same way. Rudy’s grades are generally high, though his record is marred byseveral “incompletes.” He has had one very satisfying intimate relationship and is searchingrather anxiously for another. Rudy’s identity status would probably be described as_______________________.2. Melissa. Melissa’s parents are both physicians. In college she majored in French, spending asemester in France studying art and culture. Upon graduation she surprised her parents byannouncing that she had applied to medical school. A close relationship with a hospice nurseand a summer job as a hospital volunteer had helped her arrive at the decision. Melissa’sidentity status would probably be described as _____________________.3. Lynn. Lynn’s mother is a professor of women’s studies who is deeply involved in feministissues. Lynn very much admires her mother, a strong woman who, as a single parent,struggled to provide for her daughter while establishing her own career. Lynn believes thatshe, too, will be a strong and independent woman. She avoids people (especially men) whoeither don’t see her in that light or try to bring out her feminine nature. She certainly steersclear of her paternal grandmother, who (although pleasant) is a very disorganized and “artsy”person. Lynn’s college grades are very high, and her course selections reflect an unwaveringinterest in psychology, politics, and women’s studies. Lynn’s identity status would probablybe described as ______________________________________.4. Daniel. Daniel is a freshman at a college near his old high school. He comes home nearlyevery weekend but does not enjoy himself once he’s there. He avoids talking to his parents orold high school friends, preferring to “surf the Web” on the computer in his room.Periodically he engages in impulsive shopping; after these sprees he comes home and talksexcitedly about the latest electronic gadget he’s acquired. He gets angry if his parents askwhat he considers to be foolish questions, and angrier still if they patronize him. Daniel isenrolled in courses he has been told are easy, and he does not have strong feelings about hisstudies or his grades. Daniel’s identity status would probably be described as________________________________.Annotations
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