13 terms

Psychology of the Old Chap 9

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
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