Meaning of identity crisis

iden'tity cri"sis

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  1. a period or episode of psychological distress, often occurring in adolescence but sometimes in adulthood, 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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