Portrait of an Adult Mid-Life

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AbstractEach person has a unique pattern of thinking, behaving, and expressing his or her feelings (Coon, 2004, p. 509). Each day we come into contact with so many different and unique people that possesses distinctive qualities and traits that form their personality. It is difference and uniqueness of personality that creates such special bonds between people, and allows for great love, friendship and families to form. This paper will discuss about the changes or events that adult experienced during the midlife years and how these changes have affected their physical, social, emotional cognitive, intellectual, and spiritual life. Along with each of the changes the author will be discussion a particular theorist and how he contributed to the study of that theory.

According to The National Institute of Open Schooling (2004), Middle age is a term used to describe the period of latter twenties, into thirties, and leading into late fifties.

This period is characterized by increase competence, maturity, responsibility and stability. This is when one wants to enjoy the success of job, satisfaction derived from the family and social life. People look forward to success of their children as attention becomes focused on health, the fate of children, aging parents, the use of leisure time and plans for old age. For women, of which this interview was focused, menopause occurs between the ages of 45 and fifty.

Developmental Theory: Daniel LevinsonLevinson's (1977) developmental theory consists of universal stages or phases that extend from the infancy state to the elderly state. Most development theories, such as Freud's psychosexual development theory or Piaget's cognitive development theory, end in the adolescent stage of life. Levinson's stage theory is important because it goes beyond most theories assuming that development continues throughout adult life.

In the Mid-life transition, which Levinson believes to last from...