Identity Flexibility During Adulthood

Perspectives in Adult Development
 
 
Springer (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 10. August 2018
 
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  • 356 Seiten
978-3-319-85718-3 (ISBN)
 
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 and complex resource for psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, gerontologists, and all those interested in our changing identities.
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
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978-3-319-85718-3 (9783319857183)
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Jan D. Sinnott, PHD, is a Professor of Psychology at Towson University in Baltimore, MD, and a Licensed Psychologist. She specializes in Lifespan Positive Development and the applications of existential, transpersonal, mind-body and positive psychology to adult growth and development. After completing a Postdoc at the National Institute on Aging, she developed her theory of complex problem-solving in adulthood, termed Complex Postformal Thought. She has authored or co-authored over 100 scholarly and applied books and publications. Her research team is currently studying Complex Problem-solving, Concepts of the Self, Intelligence, Mindfulness, and Satisfaction in Intimate Relationships. Her recent books include: Positive Psychology: Advances in Understanding Adult Motivation (2013, Springer) and Adult Development: Cognitive Aspects of Thriving Close Relationships (2014, Oxford University Press).
Contents

Preface

Part One: Concepts of Identity

1.On the Stability of Identity Interacting with the Impermanence of Time

Evangeline A. Wheeler

2. Cognitive Underpinnings of Identity Flexibility in Adulthood

Jan D. Sinnott

Part Two: Research, Theory, Personal Experiences

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

Sherry L. Beaumont

4. In Experiential Exploration of Identity during Emerging Adulthood: The Impact of Growth Experiences on Emerging Adulthood Characteristics

Luke Boardman

5. Bridging the Gap: Black Immigrant Identities and Dreams of Home

Leonie J. Brooks

6. Flexibility in Persons with Dementia

Cameron J. Camp

7. Spirituality as a Framework for Confronting Life's Existential Questions in Later Adulthood

John C. Cavanaugh

8. Rural-urban Migration, Quality of Life, and Identity Commitments among Badaga People of South India

Gareth Davey

9. The Concurrent Paths of Parental Identity and Child Development

Maria P. Fracasso

10. "Like a Constantly Flowing River": Gender Identity Flexibility among Non-binary Transgender Individuals

M. Paz Galupo, Lexi K. Pulice-Farrow, and Johanna L. Ramirez

11. Identity Stories to Jettison

Louise Green

12. Work and Identity Flexibility

Carol Hoare

13. Moving from Student to Professional

Shaina A. Kumar

14. Play, Flow, and Tailoring Identity in Middle Adulthood

Kevin Rathunde and Russell Isabella

15. Optimizing Challenges: Eminent Elders Meet Adversity with Identity Flexibility

Grant J. Rich

16. Identity Flexibility and Buddhism

Jeff Rosenberg

17. Identity Revised: A Clinician's Perspective on what an Identity-based Model of Mind Looks Like

Vedat Sar

18. Caregiving Identity and Flexibility

Kim Shifren

19. Dual Identities and the Artist

Valerie Smith

20. The Sick Self

Betsey Stellhorn

21. "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

Index

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 and complex resource for psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, gerontologists, and all those interested in our changing identities.
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