Ch 18 - CH 18 EMOTIONAL SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN LATE ADULTHOOD ERIK ERIKSON Ego integrity vs despair Coming to terms with ones life Adults who arrive

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ERIK ERIKSON Ego integrity vs despair Coming to terms with one’s life. Adults who arrive at a sense of integrity feel whole, complete, and satisfied with achievements. Integrity Adapted to triumphs and disappointments that are an inevitable part of love relationships, child rearing, work, friendships, community participation Paths they followed, abandoned, and never selected were necessary for fashioning a meaningful life course Depair Occurs when elders feel they have made many wrong decisions, yet time is too short to find an alternate route to integrity. Without another chance, the despairing person finds it hard to accept that death is near and is overwhelmed with bitterness, defeat, and hopelessness PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT Reminiscence – telling stories about people and events from their past and reporting associated thoughts and feelings Reflecting on the past can be positive and adaptive Life review Calling up past experiences with the goal of achieving greater self-understanding STABLIITY AND CHANGE Self-concept Know yourself very well by this time Biographical selfs are very consistent between ages 65-85 Able to fall back on student self when breakup with someone Able to focus on one at a given time
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course PSY 231 taught by Professor Limegrover during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.

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Ch 18 - CH 18 EMOTIONAL SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN LATE ADULTHOOD ERIK ERIKSON Ego integrity vs despair Coming to terms with ones life Adults who arrive

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