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Identity flexibility during adulthood : perspectives in adult development

Author: Jan D Sinnott
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This volume seeks to explore the idea of identity as a flexible center of events around which aspects of the self and events in the outside world are organized. Historically, in much of the literature, identity was conceptualized as a somewhat fixed, unchanging construct. Scholars now have a greater awareness of more nuanced theories about identity and there is a greater willingness to accept that identity is not  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jan D Sinnott
ISBN: 9783319556567 3319556568
OCLC Number: 973920148
Description: xiv, 339 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I: Concepts of identity. On the stability of identity interacting with the impermanence of time / Evangeline A. Wheeler --
Cognitive underpinnings of identity flexibility in adulthood / Jan D. Sinnott --
Identity flexibility and wisdom in adulthood : the roles of a growth-oriented identity style and contemplative processes / Sherry L. Beaumont --
An experiential exploration of identity during emerging adulthood : the impact of growth experiences on emerging adulthood characteristics / Luke Boardman --
Bridging the gap : Black immigrant identities and dreams of home / Leonie J. Brooks --
Flexibility in persons with dementia / Cameron J. Camp --
Spirituality as a framework for confronting life's existential questions in later adulthood / John C. Cavanaugh --
Rural-to-urban migration, identity, and life quality of the Badaga people in South India / Gareth Davey --
The concurrent paths of parental identity and child development / Maria P. Fracasso --
"Like a constantly flowing river" : gender identity flexibility among nonbinary transgender individuals / M. Paz Galupo, Lex Pulice-Farrow, and Johanna L. Ramirez --
Identity stories to jettison / Louise Green --
Work and identity flexibility / Carol Hoare --
From student to professional : thoughts on roadblocks and keys to success / Shaina A. Kumar. Play, flow, and tailoring identity in middle adulthood / Kevin Rathmude and Russell Isabella --
Optimizing challenges : eminent elders meet adversity with identity flexibility / Grant J. Rich --
Identity flexibility and Buddhism / Jeff Rosenberg --
Identity revised : a clinician's perspective on what an identity-based model of mind looks like / Vedat Sar --
Caregiving identity and flexibility / Kim Shifren --
Dual identities and the artist : a personal reflection / Valerie A. Smith --
The sick self : a personal reflection / Elizabeth Stellhorn --
"Just when I knew all of life's answers, they changed the questions" : a eudaimonist perspective on identity flexibility during the adult years / Alan S. Waterman.
Responsibility: editor, Jan D. Sinnott.

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This volume seeks to explore the idea of identity as a flexible center of events around which aspects of the self and events in the outside world are organized. Historically, in much of the literature, identity was conceptualized as a somewhat fixed, unchanging construct. Scholars now have a greater awareness of more nuanced theories about identity and there is a greater willingness to accept that identity is not fixed, concrete, and permanent, but rather evolving and fluid. Although this volume discusses a wide variety of aspects of identity as it flexibly changes during adulthood in the face of numerous experiences, it is really addressing one key question. How adaptive and fluid is identity and how can we know ourselves as both continuing and changing? Exploring these ideas raises the importance of future research on adult identity. With a firm grounding in the historical and theoretical background of identity research, this volume begins by defining identity and the psychological "self" as a center around which the person's behaviors and self-concepts revolve. The following chapters gather the wisdom of many writers who all accepted the challenge of talking about creating a flexible adult self and identity during adulthood. They come at this challenging question from many different perspectives using different tools. Some survey existing literature and theory, then summarize prior work in a meaningful way. Some discuss their own research; some reflect on personal experiences that have demanded a flexible identity. Also included in the coverage are discussions of methodology and validity issues for studies and scales of identity. With its dual focus on research and applied fields ranging across social and personality psychology, industrial/occupational psychology, cross-cultural psychology, mental health, existential issues, relationships, and demographic categories, Identity Flexibility During Adulthood: Perspectives on Adult Development is a fascinating.

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