ERIC Number: ED111736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Life Span Development of the Theory of Oneself.
Brim, Orville G., Jr.
Suggestions for research on the components of self-theory development over a lifetime are examined. Self-theory, like other knowledge, is dependent on the theories in one's culture about human nature and the biological, social, and physical world. Language expands or limits the concepts available for thinking about one's self-image or sense of self. Yet there is little in behavioral sciences literature which traces these changes. Three possible models are provided for further research. The theory of personal control interprets self-image as the growth and decline in the feeling of power, control, and mastery of the key tasks of life. The progression from early age on into the career can be characterized by an increase in realism about what is possible, and by a steady lowering of aspirations to correspond to the gradual foreclosing of reality. The theory of change in oneself stresses that every person must have as a component of the self-theory some hypothesis about the kind of person he can become in future time and, hence, the possibility of personal change. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Invitational Address to the Biennial Conference of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development (Guildford, Surrey, England, July 1975)