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The development within: An alternative approach to the study of lives

Authors
Journal
New Ideas in Psychology
0732-118X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
8
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0732-118x(90)90026-x

Abstract

Abstract The idea of development in adulthood, rather than being conceived in terms of either already prescribed ends, as in normative models, or in terms of the absence of ends, as in those models seeking to equate development with history, may be better conceived in terms of the progressive transformation of ends. Along these lines, it is also argued that development may be better conceived within individuals than across them. By focusing on the experiential dynamics of the progressive transformation of ends, and by considering how this process emerges in the lives of different individuals, it may be possible both to discover new forms of development and to determine the means by which their attainment might be facilitated.

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