Lecture 15 (November 1st, 2012)

The behaviors of females and males

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Unformatted text preview: anted to be a boy. So he became a man and got married, and he did end up committing suicide after going through a crisis as an adult. • But biological component does exist in gender and to who we are. Gender identity disorder: when a conflict occurs between a person’s biological sex and their gender identity. There are issues dealing with whether this is actually a “disorder” or not. Racial Identity: Another key component of most people’s self identity. Something that many adolescents start to deal with, and you realize that not everyone looks the same way. Another new issue is that people have mixed racial and ethnic identities, so Tiger Woods came up with this idea for himself “Cablinasian” that he’s Caucasian, black, American, and Asian. Obama talks a lot about the struggles he had growing up trying to find his racial identity because he is from a mixed race with a white mother, black father, etc. Even very small infants are able to discriminate between individuals based on skin color (and they prefer the race they are most familiar with). But the same goes for gender. Adulthood and Aging: You continue to develop throughout your lifespan. Erikson stressed this. He pointed out different stages of development throughout the lifespan. Erikson’s Stages of identity: Every stage features a developmental challenge that must be confronted in order to progress. • Young adulthood: Intimacy vs. Isolation o Building relations with others; getting married, finding a partner, building friendships, etc. • Middle adulthood: Generativity vs. Stagnation o Feeling you’re contributing to society. §༊ Having children fulfills this challenge for people, making you feel that you’re leaving something behind. • Old Age: Integrity vs. Despair o Feeling like you’ve led a good life and that you’re leaving good things behind and feeling positively about what you’ve done, or despair and feeling like you’ve wasted your life with social connections. In terms of adulthood and aging, for most people life has these significant things that are important to how fulfilled and how happy we are: Career is a real component of adulthood. Marriage can be very fulfilling too. There are benefits of being in a happy marriage. H...
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