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a long term feeling of closeness toward another person

Strange Situation

In this procedure a mother and her infant (typically 12 to 18 months) come into a room with many toys. The stranger and mother walk in and out of the room and an observer classifies the child.

Identity Crisis

An adolescent's concern with decisions about the future and the quest for self-understanding

Identity Diffusion

Those who have not yet given any serious thought to making any decisions and who have no clear sense of identity

Identity Moratorium

Seriously considering the issues but not yet making decisions

Identity Foreclosure

A state of reaching firm decisions without much thought

Identity Achievement

The outcome of having explored various possible identities and then making one's own decisions

Terror-Management Theory

We cope with our fear of death by avoiding thoughts about death and by affirming a worldview that provides self-esteem, hope, and value in life


The ability to display both male and female characteristics

Sex Roles

The different activities expected of males and females


Partial identification with two cultures

Authoritative Parents

Set high standards and impose controls, but they also warm and responsive to the child's communications. Set limits and adjust them

Authoritarian Parents

Set firm controls, but also tend to be emotionally distant from the child. They set rules without explaining the reasons behind them

Indifferent/Uninvolved Parents

Spend little time with their children and do little more than provide them with food and shelter

Midlife Transition

A time when they reassess their personal goals, set new ones, and prepare for the rest of life

Permissive Parents

Warm and loving but undemanding

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