By Sherry L. Willis, James B. Reid

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More general knowledge about the self may also be provided by observing "oneself" in one's children. Work-Related Experiences Experiences at work have a direct bearing on the middle-aged adult's development through exposure to job-related stress, levels of physical and intellectual activity, and 38 Susan Krauss Whitbourne and Loren Angiullo Connolly social relationships formed with co-workers (Bruhn, 1989). The individual's economic well-being is also directly linked to the salary provided by the job, and this salary also sets the parameters for many lifestyle factors.

It is the ego, translated into the individual's self or identity, that forms the central theme of Erikson's developmental scenario of adulthood and old age. By placing identity squarely at the center of adult psychosocial development, it is possible to link conceptualizations of adult development to the theoretically rich literature on the self. Adult developmental processes, rather than being seen as a breed separate from the functioning of the self or identity, can then be understood within the broader context of psychology's attempts to understand the nature and function of self-conceptualizations.

Assuming that most psychologically healthy adults attempt to preserve a positive self-concept, the realization that one is approaching a state ofunfulfillment will lead the individual to revise the possible self so that it is more consistent with current experiences. The possible selves construct is assessed through a questionnaire measure that asks respondents to describe their hoped-for and feared or dreaded possible selves, and to evaluate their capability of, respectively, achieving or avoiding these states.

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