chapter  7
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Identity Crises

In this chapter, I look at three men who, in different ways, crossed the identity boundaries set up by the institutional culture. This crossing went beyond fantasy or experimentation as each passed through a series of emotional crises at different stages of their lives. At different stages and in different ways they found themselves moving toward one sex or the other. The concern with identity-imposed from the outside--complicated but did not measurably help them in their search to understand their own experience or find emotional fulfillment in their lives. It merely added another element-an identity crisis-to the emotional problems they were trying to solve.