Middle Adulthood, personality and sociocultural Development 112

Middle Adulthood, personality and sociocultural Development 112

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1 Middle Adulthood Personality & Sociocultural Development Generativity Midlife Crisis A Unique Generation Marriage/Divorce/Remarriage Work Change
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2 Erik Erikson Generativity Versus Stagnation (Self-Absorption)
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3 Generativity People Act within 3 Domains 1- Procreative Domain By giving and responding to the needs of the next generation 2- Productive Domain By integrating work with family life and caring for the next generation 3- Creative Domain By contributing to society on a larger scale
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4 Stagnation Self-Absorption People focus on the triviality of their life, and feel that they have made only a limited contribution to the world. People devalue whatever accomplishments they have.
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5 Robert Peck (1968) 7 Issues of Adult Conflict Middle Adulthood 1- Valuing wisdom vs. valuing physical powers. 2- Socializing vs. sexualizing in human relationships 3- Cathectic (emotional) flexibility vs. cathectic impoverishment 4- Mental flexibility vs. mental rigidity.
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6 Robert Peck (1968) 7 Issues of Adult Conflict Older Adulthood 1- Ego differentiation vs. work-role preoccupation 2- Body transcendence vs. body preoccupation 3- Ego transcendence vs. ego preoccupation
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7 George Vaillant Middle adulthood is “keeping the meaning vs. rigidity” Adults seek to extract the meaning from their lives by accepting the strengths and weaknesses of others. Those who are rigid become increasingly isolated from others.
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8 Daniel Levinson Early Adulthood (20s) – leaving the family and having “the dream” Late 30s – men settle down and establish themselves moving toward the dream Between 40 & 45 – people move into “the midlife transition” or a time of questioning
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9 Daniel Levinson Between 40 & 45 – people move into “the midlife
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