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1 WHO AM I NOW? Ten years ago? Ten years from now?

2 Who am I……? with________________?

3 Personal Identity

4 “For most of us, by the age of 30, the character has set like plaster and will never soften again.” (William James, 1890)

5 Social Identity

6 “A man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognize him and generally shows a different side of himself to each of these different groups.” (William James, 1890)

7 Who am I? Personal Identity The “ I ” Social Identity The “ Me ”

8 Identity Over the Life Span How do the “ I ” & “Me “ coexist? When do they emerge? How do the “ I” & “ Me” evolve? Implications for counselling? Future research?

9 Adolescence and Identity Erikson’s identity vs confusion

10 Identity and Young Adulthood Identity and intimacy

11 Identity and Middle Adulthood Mid-Life Astonishment

12 Identity and Old Age “My core has stayed the same (“ I “). Everything else has changed (“ Me”).” Edna, 103 years old

13 Implications for Therapy Narrative Auto-photography Multi-sensory

14 Future Research Different settings, different subjects Influences AFFECTIVE response

15 How does the core of the “ I “ cope with the chaos of the “ Me“?


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