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Personal Growth in Adults' Stories of Life Transitions

Personal Growth in Adults' Stories of Life Transitions Abstract This study identified four themes of personal growth (integrative, intrinsic, agentic, and communal) in adults' stories of life transitions in careers and religions. Specific themes were expected to relate differentially to two forms of personality development (social‐cognitive maturity and social‐emotional well‐being) and to transition satisfaction. Integrative themes correlated primarily with social‐cognitive maturity (ego development; Loevinger, 1976), whereas intrinsic themes correlated primarily with social‐emotional well‐being. Agentic‐growth themes correlated primarily with transition satisfaction, whereas communal‐growth themes correlated primarily with global well‐being. Themes of agentic and communal growth also differentiated the two types of transitions studied—changes in careers and changes in religions—in ways that both supported and contradicted traditional notions of those transitions. We discuss these findings in terms of narrative meaning making, the mature and happy person, and intentional self‐development via life transitions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Personality Wiley

Personal Growth in Adults' Stories of Life Transitions

Journal of Personality , Volume 72 (3) – Jan 1, 2004

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2004 Wiley Subscription Services
ISSN
0022-3506
eISSN
1467-6494
DOI
10.1111/j.0022-3506.2004.00273.x
pmid
15102039
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Abstract

Abstract This study identified four themes of personal growth (integrative, intrinsic, agentic, and communal) in adults' stories of life transitions in careers and religions. Specific themes were expected to relate differentially to two forms of personality development (social‐cognitive maturity and social‐emotional well‐being) and to transition satisfaction. Integrative themes correlated primarily with social‐cognitive maturity (ego development; Loevinger, 1976), whereas intrinsic themes correlated primarily with social‐emotional well‐being. Agentic‐growth themes correlated primarily with transition satisfaction, whereas communal‐growth themes correlated primarily with global well‐being. Themes of agentic and communal growth also differentiated the two types of transitions studied—changes in careers and changes in religions—in ways that both supported and contradicted traditional notions of those transitions. We discuss these findings in terms of narrative meaning making, the mature and happy person, and intentional self‐development via life transitions.

Journal

Journal of PersonalityWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2004

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