“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” – Ralph Ellison. Invisible Man
Identity is a tricky thing. Some people spend their whole lives looking for it. Others seek out every opportunity to avoid it, not wanting to be locked into a particular set of standards or rules. Regardless, the search to understand your identity, whether to solidify or deflect it, is one most people can identify with. Pun intended.
The struggle of not feeling confident in who you are, who you want to be, or how others see you can leave you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and lost. Some who are particularly troubled by this quest may turn to alcohol. Sometimes people convince themselves that numbing the overwhelming pain of not knowing who you are is easier than figuring it out. Others may feel lonely and distant from their friend group. How can you feel comfortable with those around you if you don’t know enough about who you are?
Does any of this sound familiar to you? You may benefit from individual therapy to help figure out who you are.
If you are interested in learning more about your identity or figuring out who you are, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (646) 653-4397
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