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Subjective Perception of Personal Change

By Marek Blatný and Terezie Osecká

Abstract

Personality stability and change is mostly studied nomothetically, usually by\ud means of questionnaires. Therefore, we focus on subjective description of\ud personal change. The research was done with the sample of 56 adults (22 men\ud and 34 women aged from 36 to 40). We used the life-line technique to elicit a\ud life-story telling – respondents were asked to draw a line representing their\ud lives and then were invited to tell a story about their lives. We asked the\ud question about personal change explicitly. In most cases the referred changes\ud can be labelled as normative, which are typical for adulthood (acquirement of\ud autonomy, deepened sense of responsibility, shift towards the more rational\ud and calm approach to life events, expected bodily changes). Non-normative\ud personal changes are associated with unusual life course (eg. continued living\ud with parents) or life events (eg. death of son)

Topics: BF
Publisher: University of Huddersfield
Year: 2005
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.hud.ac.uk:4931

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