Identity Foreclosure Definition | Psychology Glossary

Identity foreclosure in psychology is a commitment and acceptance of an identity based on the values, ideas, roles, and other pertinent guidance others have chosen for an individual, especially during their youth.

An easy way to think of this is imagining someone who grows up in an uber-religious outcast group. That child has a high likelihood of only knowing the small world around him, and the odd beliefs, behaviors, and social norms that would make up that unique group of people.

That child’s identity wouldn’t be considered a true identity, and many psychologists would refer to them wearing a mask in place of true knowledge of their own values and feelings about the world at large.

Poor kid.