Who are you? Can you answer it comfortably? So many people go through life struggling with the question. Many of us wonder what it's classified as. The proper words to define a struggle with ourselves is called a self identity crisis. Most of us reach this stage at puberty and overcome it once we hit our later teen years. Sometimes, it reappears in late adulthood as we struggle to find our meaning and place in the world. When does it become a serious issue? When we are forced to lie or alter our natural born identities because we are uncomfortable with them, then it becomes a psychological issue that dwells within the soul. When an individual cannot accept themselves or live in their own bodies, the identity crisis becomes their life. Bruce Jenner and Rachel Dolezal are perfect examples of individuals trapped in a self identity crisis that stems from a psychological stand point. Both individuals are not comfortable with who they truly are and have altered their appearances. Jenner feels that he always has been a she, Caitlyn Jenner, on the inside and Dolezal has always connected as an African American, although, she was born white. They have had a arduous time transitioning in life and chose to alter their identities. The only way to become comfortable with their "true" selves is to endure extensive psychological treatment. They must except who they are on the inside and who they've become. Caitlyn has accepted her transition from male to female, but Dolezal has not accepted her white roots. The only way she can accept her origins is to go through treatment and figure out why she chose her identity. She has hurt many people along the way, including her parents. It's one thing to transform into another individual with acceptance and truth, but it's another issue when it becomes a harsh lie that affects the lives of our loved ones. I hope these individuals find peace in their own and original skins because it's not easy. Many people with a self identity crisis turn to self harm when they lack self love. Don't be afraid to reach out for help! Be comfortable with who you are. If not, it's never to late to talk to someone.
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