Identity Flexibility and Wisdom in Adulthood: The Roles of a Growth-Oriented Identity Style and Contemplative Processes

Beaumont, S. L. (2017). Identity Flexibility and Wisdom in Adulthood: The Roles of a Growth-Oriented Identity Style and Contemplative Processes. In Identity Flexibility During Adulthood (pp. 53-69). Springer, Cham.

Chapter excerpt: Based on Erikson’s (1994) theory of lifespan psychosocial development, considerable research has investigated how individuals develop and maintain an ego-identity. Identity has been defined as “a self-structure – an internal, self-constructed, dynamic organization of drives, abilities, beliefs, and individual history” (Marcia, 1980, p. 159). Erikson proposed that developing a clear and coherent sense of identity by late adolescence is necessary for the future development of intimacy/love in early adulthood, generativity/care in middle adulthood, and integrity/wisdom in late adulthood. That supposition has been supported by research demonstrating that identity clarity/balance positively predicts intimacy during early adulthood (e.g., Orlofsky, Marcia, & Lesser, 1973) and generativity in middle adulthood (e.g., Stewart, Ostrove, & Helson, 2001). However, considerably less research has focused on the predictive link between identity and wisdom. To address this gap in the literature, my research has focused on examining whether a particular identity processing style provides a pathway for wisdom.

Read the chapter: Beaumont, S. L. (2017). Identity Flexibility and Wisdom in Adulthood: The Roles of a Growth-Oriented Identity Style and Contemplative Processes. In Identity Flexibility During Adulthood (pp. 53-69). Springer, Cham.



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