Midlife_and_Generativity_Lecture_Notes - Midlife and...

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Midlife and Generativity “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” Agenda Midlife issues Generativity vs. Stagnation Realignment of Goals Proximal vs. Distal Caring Common Characteristics of Mid-life Middle-aged people who try to act young and attractive with new sports cars or surgically enhanced bodies. The disillusioned, disgruntled person who has given up on life and complains about everything. Midlife Myths (Gallagher, 1993) Only about 10% had a mid-life crisis. Half these people (5%) have experienced upheavals all their lives. People who have real mid-life crises score low on tests of introspection and high on denial. They work hard to maintain their delusions until reality hits them. Midlife crises tend to be an affliction of the relatively affluent. Generativity vs. Stagnation Generativity A concern for others, wanting to mentor people the next generation and work for the benefit of society as a whole.
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