James Marcia's Identity Theory:
The founder of the theory that I had the pleasure of reading was James Marcia's. In his theory he believes that there are 3-4 stages of identity. The earliest identity is diffusion, which is were you have no idea what you are or what you want. The second possible stage is called Foreclosure. This is were you have a basic stander of what you wont but have not looked into other oppositions. The third stage is called Moratorium. This stage is the opposite of the foreclosure stage they have made commitments but continuously explore new options. The fourth and final stage is called Identity Achievement. This group has made commitments and explorer all possible chances of success and have found one that they are happy with.
1. Human beings posses the capacity for thought.
2. People learn meanings symbols through socializing.
3. People modify meanings/symbols by interpenetrating the situation they are engaged in.
The field of symbolic interactionism,has expanded and become more divers since its introduction.