Identity resolution is a powerful tool for personal growth and development, especially when it is accepted and encouraged by adults in society. It involves the formation of goals, values, and beliefs that an individual is committed to, and the recognition of this consistency by others. This process is both an individual and a social phenomenon, and is usually assumed during adolescence when cognitive development allows the person to construct a “theory of the self”. According to Erikson (196), this period of development is an “identity crisis”, a crucial turning point at which an individual must develop in one way or another. Identity is formed through a process of exploring options or choices and committing to an option based on the outcome of your exploration.
If a well-developed sense of identity is not established, identity confusion can result. Those who experience identity confusion do not have a clear idea of who they are or their role in society. On the other hand, people with lower identity resolution in emerging adulthood experienced lower initial levels of intimacy, generativity, and integrity, but faster growth over time. Identity resolution can be extremely beneficial for the development of marketing strategies, but it also poses security risks for citizens' personal information. Criminals and terrorists often assume false identities using fraudulent or legitimate means to hide their true identity.
To prevent this, companies use social identity attributes which are more reliable than personal profiles since an individual cannot easily alter or falsify them. The consumer provides all this information in a consensual manner, it is stored in the identification graphic and is used for identity resolution. Over the past 10 years, research has begun to outline the understanding of contemporary emerging adults about their sexual orientation and the processes of sexual identity development. Emerging adulthood presents a unique developmental environment for the development of sexual orientation and identity. Erikson saw this as a period of confusion and experimentation with respect to identity and the path of life. We'll discuss how to represent and mathematically calculate such evidence in the rest of the “An Identity Resolution Framework” section.
By understanding identity resolution psychology, individuals can gain insight into their own personal growth and development.