Famed psychologist Erik Erikson coined the phrase "identity crisis." Identity crisis refers to the neurosis found primarily in adolescents when they fail to find ego identity. Essentially, ego identity is who you think you are combined with the familiar feelings and emotions that you identify with yourself.
An identity crisis arises in people when there is incongruence between who they think they are and what they actually are.
Those who experience an identity crisis exhibit confusion. Trying desperately to find an identity, one may make poor choices to find an identity because even a negative identity is better than no identity at all.
However, Erikson noted that adolescents who develop from this stage of their life with a strong sense of identity are well equipped to face adulthood with confidence and certainty.
According to Erikson, the key to avoiding or resolving an identity crisis is found in fidelity. In the case of identity crisis, fidelity means being faithful, loyal and true. In being honest with oneself, you can find balance with reality and idealization.
The problem of identity crisis can happen to a football team.