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1. A psychosocial state or condition of disorientation and role confusion occurring especially in adolescents as a result of conflicting internal and external experiences, pressures, and expectations and often producing acute anxiety.
2. An analogous state of confusion occurring in a social structure, such as an institution or a corporation.
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1. a state or period of psychological distress, occurring esp. in adolescence, when a person seeks a clearer sense of self and an acceptable role in society.
2. confusion as to goals and priorities: The company is undergoing an identity crisis.
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|Noun||1.||identity crisis - distress and disorientation (especially in adolescence) resulting from conflicting pressures and uncertainty about one's self and one's role in society|
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