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Lecture 25

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Dalhousie University
PSYO 3280
Dr.Simon Sherry

Wednesday, Nov. 7 2012 PSYO 3280 Personality Psychology Criteria for Global Coherence in a Life Story Cont... → Temporal orderings of events: preschool and beyond → Emergence of narrative self in late preschool as stories that are not integrated → Cultural concept of biography appears by about age 10 - Could argue that culture doesn’t put concepts on children until a certain age but at another level, maybe culture has developed those expectations because children do not have intellectual development until age 10 in which children are able to be more individual → Integrative life story emerges in adolescence. Linked to identity (Erikson), formal operations (Piaget), social expectations (e.g., biographical representations). - People expect you to be able to tell your life story by this time - Suggests that adolescence do things that children of younger ages that do not that “proves” their advanced level of telling a life story and developing/forming their identity and making understand of their life  Suicide rates, diaries, biographical reading → Complex thematic interpretations in mid- to late adolescence and beyond Individual Development and Social Change – Stewart and Healy → Model of how social change and individual lives might be linked - Events that happen in society can effect individuals lives such as how they live and what is good and bad - Depending on when you were born, you will be at a different point at a life compared to other cohorts - If some big event happened during a particular time in your life, depending on how old you were in the time, will effect and influence you differently Age when social event is experienced Focus of impact of event Fundamental values and expectations (e.g., Childhood and early adolescence family values, assumptive frameworks) Their overall framework of what is possible, what is good, and what is bad that they get from their family. Absorbing critically the families values and cues because they do not have this framework yet, it will affect them as well Opportunities and life choices; identity (e.g., Early adulthood vocational identity) Has reached some sense of self and identity, and your establishing yourself in life such as a career or in relationships, thing
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