Lecture 30 - April 4th

Lecture 30 - April 4th - Generatively in Midlife 7th...

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Generatively in Midlife Intro Personality April 4th th 2011 1 7th psychosocial sage: people in midlife have to deal with this and find resolution. .. more relevant to parents Thursday, April 7, 2011
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Questions: How do you measure generativity in midlife? variety of different ways. Why is generativity important? 2 Thursday, April 7, 2011
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Example: Creative Energy vs Stagnation Reconnection with high school friend after 30 years. a couple years ago, K’s friend from high school called him (his best friend from high school who lost touch). this friend went on to become a Prof of philosophy. interested in moral philosophy; what represents courage in everyday life. they emailed and discussed what happened over the past few years. Both 50; he was the chairman of his department, he had 2 daughters and still married. he was passionate about the irish fiddle (took it up at age 44 inspired by a novel). He organizes trips to Ireland. he also writes novels. K’s goals at the time were to “watch TV less, learn to ice skate, and learn french”. Here this guy is learning all these things and writing novels. He also organized a Moving Tableau . 3 Picture of “school of Athens”. He was touring Europe and he saw a painting so he hit upon the idea of getting Prof’s and students to recreate it. K was focused on having a nice quiet life and do what he was doing while this guy was creating and moving. .. Thursday, April 7, 2011
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Erikson’s Psychosocial Stages 1. Trust - 1st year of life. 2. Autonomy - age 2 3. Initiative - age 4-5 4. Industry - childhood to mid-adolescence. 5. Identity - late adolescence/young adulthood 6. Intimacy - young adulthood 7. Generativity - midlife (ages 30-70?) 8. Integrity - old age 4 it is not surprising that K is worried about those things because he is at a stage where people are worried about what they are leaving behind for future generations and how people will remember him. Thursday, April 7, 2011
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McAdams Model of Generativity 5 Thursday, April 7, 2011
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6 McAdams develops a model with 7 key concepts. 1st point is that the interest in generativity arises from individuals themselves but also cued by the environment. once you are in 30’s, 40’s and 50’s it is natural to get the sense that you are expected to do more. when you have children, you will be surprised at home you are suddenly oriented to totally different things. (ex. K is so mad when people drive so fast on a 40 street!) but he never thought like that before he had a child. Ex. global warning, he is much more aware of it and worried about it now because his daughter is going to be around. 1. generative concern which can be assessed.
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