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Portrait Of An Adult Mid Life Essay

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AbstractEach person has a unique pattern of thinking, behaving, and expressing his or her feelings (Coon, 2004, p. 509). Each day we come into contact with so many different and unique people that possesses distinctive qualities and traits that form their personality. It is difference and uniqueness of personality that creates such special bonds between people, and allows for great love, friendship and families to form. This paper will discuss about the changes or events that adult experienced during the midlife years and how these changes have affected their physical, social, emotional cognitive, intellectual, and spiritual life. Along with each of the changes the author will be discussion a particular theorist and how he contributed to the study of that theory.According to The National Institute of Open Schooling (2004), Middle age is a term used to describe the period of latter twenties, into thirties, and leading into late fifties. This period is characterized by increase competence, maturity, responsibility and stability. This is when one wants to enjoy the success of job, satisfaction derived from the family and social life. People look forward to success of their children as attention becomes focused on health, the fate of children, aging parents, the use of leisure time and plans for old age. For women, of which this interview was focused, menopause occurs between the ages of 45 and fifty.Developmental Theory: Daniel LevinsonLevinson's (1977) developmental theory consists of universal stages or phases that extend from the infancy state to the elderly state. Most development theories, such as Freud's psychosexual development theory or Piaget's cognitive development theory, end in the adolescent stage of life. Levinson's stage theory is important because it goes beyond most theories assuming that development continues throughout adult life.In the Mid-life transition, which Levinson believes to last from age 40 to 45, the adult faces a crucial point in their development. Much soul searching and reflecting is done during this phase. The adults question their past life structures and accomplishments and reevaluate their goals. There are very few adults, according to Levinson, that find this mid-life stage difficult. The painful process of the mid-life transition stage results in a drastically different life structure with new goals within it. Even if an adult chooses not to change their life structure, they must still reappraise their life and recommit themselves on different terms to their old choices. This troubling transitional phase does, according to Levinson, have beneficial results. Levinson believes that 'the life structure that emerges in the middle 40s varies greatly in its satisfactoriness...'(Levinson, 1977). Levinson also states that for some, the outcome of this transition provides the person with fulfillment and a better direction.Levinson's model emphasizes that development of life structures is a continuous life process. In...

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