Evolution of the Grey Child: An Autoethnography of Masculine Identity Development
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This autoethnography explores the psychosocial dynamics that have influenced my development through challenges of immigration, racism, classism, the dynamics of family systems under stress, as well as the processes of resilience and identity formation. The format allows for a demonstration of how articulated subjectivity from an individual can inform therapeutic processes for therapists and clients dealing with similar dynamics. Furthermore, the process of creating this narrative has become a tool for deconstructing negative self-perceptions, placing one's circumstances in context, and for depathologizing and decriminalizing individuals and groups. Data was interpreted theoretically from Erikson's psychosocial theory of development, supplemented by Levinson’s stage model and Moore and Gillette’s interpretation of Jungian dynamics. Conclusions point to the primacy of adaptative response, social support, and resilience when dealing with sustained systemic stressors.