Adoletive Development And Postformal Thought Stages Of Development

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1. The stage of development that I would classify myself as is emerging adulthood. For several reasons, one is that I am 20-years-old, which is in the middle of the transition period between adolescence to adulthood. Psychology professor, Jeffrey Arnett describes “emerging adulthood” as a time for identity exploration, instability, and self-focus (Henig, 2010). I completely relate to these traits, considering I am gaining more independence while pursuing higher education; my time in college has been consumed by years of discovering myself through a variety of classes, friendships, and spiritually. While I am attempting to get a solid grasp of adulthood, I still need my parents and siblings to guide me through unknown or weary experiences and …show more content…
Postformal thought is a type of thinking that is relativistic, flexible, tolerant of uncertainty, and integrated with emotion (Steinberg et al., 2011, p. 422). I can safely categorize myself in the postformal thought stage of cognitive development. I believe there is not necessarily one way of doing things and that such situations, I may need to weigh the pros and cons. I understand that there is not a clear-cut path for me, whether that is career, marriage, or future-family matters.
As frightening as the unknown future sounds, I am assured that if I listen to my heart, I can make the best decision for myself, even if someone does not agree with my process. To illustrate, as I was debating whether or not to switch majors, I had to look at the positives and negatives to both majors and then go with what my gut said as to what will be more fulfilling, which led me to Family and Consumer Sciences, rather than Apparel, Merchandising, and Design.
3. How do you expect your mind and body to change as you age (cite a
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I hope my communication increases with my siblings and parents so I can feel a sense of closeness with my family. Additionally, as graduation approaches in a year in a half, I want to be intentional with my friends that I hope to have a long-term relationship with, by spending quality time with them because I do not want our friendships to diminish due to distance. Lastly, I aim to focus on my relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ through daily Bible reading, prayer, and conversing with Him, which helps reduce stress, as I know I do not need to put pressure on myself. I desire to make him the forefront of everything. I want to feel closer to Him, and I know I need to put effort in the relationship in order to do that.
7. It was interesting to compare myself with the emerging adult and middle-aged adult. I was able to discover differences and similarities between me and my interviewees two life stages of development. Even though Anna and I share are in the same life stage development, being in the emerging adulthood in Erikson’s psychosocial development stage of intimacy versus isolation, there are some differences, developmentally between physically, socioemotionally, and cognitively, we are fairly similar. Despite my mother and I being nearly 40 years apart, we too share resemblances, likely due to me being her

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