Thursday, October 24, 2013

Understanding Youth

Understanding youth by Michael Nakkula and Eric Toshalis spoke about context mapping. Context mapping is taking into consideration all of the different situations in which you exist in. Such as in the classroom, at home, on a sports team, a certain group of friends, and also thinking about how your behavior might change in each place. In the story Mitch asked Julian to do just that. This helped Julian realize that its normal to have all of these different identities, that as an adolescent you are always trying to find what identity will suit you best.

There are four stages of identity. The first is Foreclosure Identity. Foreclosure identity is something that is adopted, based on the fact that it is familiar and easy to do. For example growing up in a house full of Red Sox Fans will ultimately cause that person to be a Red Sox fan without really exploring any other options. Diffusion identity is holding off on choosing an identity. Youth remain in a state of isolation prolonging exploring different identities and ultimately choosing one, the reason being because doing so can be stressful and cause anxiety.  Which brings us to Moratorium, which is what our friend Julian was experiencing. Moratorium is the most stressful of all the stages. The youth are trying on many hats, attempting to find which one fits them best. It can be very stressful and cause anxiety for the adolescent going through this stage. In this stage it is important to provide a space where youth can talk about what they are feeling and share their thoughts on this roller-coaster called Identity.  Finally there is Achieved identity which means you have committed to an identity, this doesn’t necessarily mean a life long commitment but you have chosen one that you feel comfortable with for the time being.

My Context Map

These are my main categories and how I see myself acting in each one.

·      Big brother
·      A role model
·      Setting examples
·      Teacher
·      Intense
·      fun
·      wild
·      rowdy
·      loud
·      relaxed
·      reminiscent
·      Adventure
·      Quiet
·      Laid back
·      Procrastinate
·      Hard at work
·      Valuable
·      Knowledgeable

1 comment:

  1. Nice image! I also love the power words you used in your context map. Words like "valuable, knowledgable, role model, wild, adventure." These temper the quieter words like "quiet, laid back, relaxed." Your school identity seems so very different from other spaces for you -- I wonder if at times you borrow from other spaces when you are at school?