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LIBERTY PSYC 210 - Identity Formation

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The area that both hindered and helped the journey to my identity formation is faith. First, it torewhat little identify I had apart, then it formed who I was and my spirit into something unimaginable. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the LORD.” (Isaiah 55:8, New International Version) As a child, I knew little about God. I was told that God loved all his children and would protect them. This provided comfort growing up in a family of addiction, because, love and safety rarely available. Then, at 6 years old, the first of many traumatic events in my life began. The faith in God’s love started to be questioned. God loved all his children except me. His love also meant, abandonment and abuse. No-one, not even God, loved me. The loss of faith in his love effected the way my future coping skills would development. Abandonment built walls that “impaired by ability to form close relationships”, know as identity discussion. (Cashion et al., 281) The fear of being abandoned/rejected was how my brain processed every relationship, including the relationship with myself. I stopped trying to form an identify. I knew who I was, and was not worth of love, so I rejected myself. The emotional abuse kept my mental health in a stage of crisis. Marcia defines crisis, “As a period in which adolescents consciously choose between two alternatives.”(Cashion, Shriner, Shriner, & Mossler,2016, p.280) The only two alternatives available at that time are known as the “Fight or Flight” response, which will be discussed in Chapter 8. Because I could not physically fight or had anywhere to run, I learned how to disassociate from the situation going onaround me. My body was present, my mind was not. In doing this for so many years, there is lingering difficulty in regulating my emotions so my automatic response is to do what is safe andsuppress them .That constant stress to my brain and body resulted in Major Depression and I coped the way I was raised to cope for 16 years. Drugs.On March 27, 2013, God showed up and saved me from addiction and myself. On April 7th, Jesusrevealed himself personally to me in the exact way I had prayed for since 1986. The love of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could no longer be denied. I spent the next 3years alone with him restoring my faith and forming my identify, in him. The way he wants it to be. References: Cashion, V., Shriner, B., Shriner, M., & Mossler, R. A. (2016). Lifespan 360: Christian perspectives on human development (V. Cashion, Ed.). [Liberty University Online Bookshelf]. Retrived from

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