Analysis Of Developmental Interview Of 75-Year-Old Arnold

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Developmental Interview of 75-year-old Arnold

The developmental interview used as a foundation for this paper was conducted with the consent of the interviewee. To protect his identity, he is identified by a pseudonym, Arnold. Arnold was born in 1940—just moments after his twin sister—into a poor farming family near Saint Cloud, Minnesota. Over the course of his life, Arnold has raised a family with his wife of 51 years, spent 20 years in the Navy and a decade as an electrician prior to retiring, invested in relationships with family and friends, and committed his life to maturing in relationship with God. Arnold’s 75 years are first explored using Erik Erikson’s psychosocial theory of development, followed by analysis using Uri Bronfenbrenner’s
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Sigelman and Rider (2015) write, “generativity versus stagnation involves adults gaining a sense that they have produced something that will outlive them” (p. 40, italics not added). During this stage of life, Arnold actively pursued legacy and investment in others through his education, family, and faith. By the age of 40, Arnold was already pursuing generativity by acting as a father figure to his young classmates in electrician’s school. Additionally, with more time available to spend at home with his teenage children, Arnold worked hard to ensure that they could enjoy adolescence as he never had, installing a family theater in the basement and hosting their friends for barbecues. After his children moved out and he and his wife moved to Oregon, Arnold recalls being an active church member who volunteered regularly by caring for the homeless population in Portland. From an Eriksonian perspective, it can be observed that Arnold’s middle adulthood saw the successful resolution of the seventh stage, illustrated by his active pursuit of …show more content…
While wisdom itself is a difficult strength to define, Hearn et al. (2011) outline several traits common to the “integrated” mature adult: namely, “They do not hide from their regrets, nor are they overwhelmed by them…They are connected to family, friends, and community… They are ego-resilient, remaining both curious and involved, as well as generally content” (p. 2). These traits are helpful to consider in light of Arnold’s current attitudes and endeavors. Arnold openly recounted painful memories, relaying, for example, the details of instances that have been labeled by his doctors as Bipolar events, even while maintaining his uncertainty about the veracity of his condition. While he wishes he “never had to take a pill again,” Arnold also seems to have embraced this as his lot, one that will not keep him from pursuing the things that matter most in his life. He continues to partake in community, working part-time on a golf course, attending church, and trying new pastimes with his wife, like dance classes and walking groups. Arnold’s life is distinguished by a healthy balance of reflection, acceptance, activity, and satisfaction that indicate progress toward successful completion of Erikson’s eighth

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