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androgyny

gender rolse reflecting the acceptance of the most adaptive aspects of both the traditional masculine and feminine rol

conscientious stage

according to Loevinger's theory, a point at which one focuses on understanding the role that the self plays. Character development involves self-evaluated standards, self-critical thinking, self-determined ideals and self-set goals

dispositional trait

a relatively stable, enduring aspect of personality

ego development

the fundamental changes in the ways in which our thoughts, values, morals, and goals are organized. Transitions from one stage to another depend on both internal biological changes and external social changes to whiich the person must adapt

epigenetic principle

In Erikson's theory, the notion that development is guided by an underlying plan in which certain issues have their own particular times of importance

five-factor model

a model of dispositional traits with the dimensions of neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, agreeableness-antagonism, and conscientiousness-undirectedness

life narrative

the aspects of personality that pull everything together, those integrative aspects that give a person an identity or sense of self

life-span construct

in Whitebourne's theory of identity, the way in which people build a view of who they are

midlife correction

reevaluating one's roles and dreams and making the necessary corrections

personal concerns

things that are important to people, their goals, and their major concerns in life

possible selves

Aspects of the self-concept involving oneself in the future in both positive and negative ways

self-concept

the organized, coherent, integrated pattern of self-perceptions

spiritual support

includes seeking pastoral care, participating in organized and non-organized religious activities, and expressing faith in a God who cares for people as a key factor in understanding how older adults cope

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