Conflict surrounds Identity Crisis

What happens if you are caught in an identity crisis? In some ways, you would be like an amnesiac – you don’t know who you are – you can’t find your own way home. What a fearful situation! If your heart is heavy with fear, if you don’t seem to know yourself or know what to do with yourself, just know that God knows. He not only holds all the answers, but He also waits for you to seek Him for the right answers. “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)

Emotional conflicts within those who are struggling to establish a personal identity are common to every age group. These feelings are related as much to external events as they are related to inner thoughts and preoccupations.

  • Anxiety – “I don’t know who I really am.”
  • Depression – “I have no hope for the future.”
  • Self-doubt – “I am so inadequate.”
  • Self-consciousness – “I am unacceptable and unloved.”
  • Low self-worth – “I am not good enough.”

“How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?” (Psalm 13:2)

Everyday life Evidence of Inner Conflict: Inner emotional struggles with identity usually result in the following patterns of inconsistent behaviour:

  • Oppositional attitude and actions
  • Difficulty in making a positive spiritual commitment
  • Unhealthy friendships
  • Inability to make decisions or impulsive decision-making
  • Rejection of family values or blind acceptance of values of others
  • Struggles with sexual immorality
  • Difficulty in establishing intimacy
  • Excessive difficulty in choosing a career
  • Inability to set long-term goals

“He is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.” (James 1:8)