Chapter12:MidlifeJanet Belsky’sExperiencing the Lifespan, 1e
Midlife: The Exploring PersonalityDo people stay the same or change? What would cause the changes?The Big Five traits are basically set by age 30Agreeableness, Neuroticism, Openness, Extraversion, ConscientiousnessHowever, major life circumstances can throw a trait ofNew life stages and life changing experiences can radically change us.According to Erikson, people in midlife find meaning from nurturing the next generation, caring for others, or enriching the lives of others through their work. Generativity vs. StagnationAs we get older, we grow more confident and competent and cope better with stress.
Chapter 12Neuroticism: General tendency toward mental health and psychological disturbance.Extraversion: describes outgoing attitudesOpenness to experience: out passion to seek out new experiences.Conscientiousness: hardworking, disciplined and reliable.Agreeableness: kindness, empathy and the ability to compromise.
GenerativityErikson’s seventh stage:Generativity vs. StagnationResearch finds generative activities are similar among all ages.However, generative priorities are different at distinct ages.Generative people say they are living a meaningful life.are also somewhat more satisfied with their lives.
Chapter 12Erikson’s Psychosocial StageMiddle Adulthood 40’s-60’s Generativity vs stagnationGenerativity is the key to a happy lifePeople in Midlife find meaning from nurturing the next generation, caring for other’s and enriching the lives of the next generation.
Becoming GenerativeHow does one become generative?