Ego identity gives individuals a sense of who they are. This concept is most associated with Erik Erikson, a German-American psychologist, who theorized that finding one’s identity is crucial during the adolescent stage. If individuals could not balance their values of conformity and striving for individual identity, they may suffer from identity crisis.
Ego identity is having a strong sense of self which is manifested by a confident awareness of one’s enduring characteristics. For instance, a person with a healthy ego identity is knowledgeable of his strengths, weaknesses, passions, philosophy in life, and the kind of environment which he may thrive. Moreover, he is careful not to sacrifice his individual identity when conforming to others’ standards.