ERIC Number: EJ917995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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Reference Count: 64
To Reason or Not to Reason: Is Autobiographical Reasoning Always Beneficial?
McLean, Kate C.; Mansfield, Cade D.
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, n131 p85-97 Spr 2011
Autobiographical reasoning has been found to be a critical process in identity development; however, the authors suggest that existing research shows that such reasoning may not always be critical to another important outcome: well-being. The authors describe characteristics of people such as personality and age, contexts such as conversations, and experiences such as transgressions, which may hinder adaptive reasoning. They also propose alternatives to autobiographical reasoning for managing challenging events and constructing the life story, which include different kinds of meaning-making than those primarily focused on in the current literature.
Descriptors: Identification (Psychology), Individual Development, Autobiographies, Reflection, Thinking Skills, Time Perspective, Well Being, Parent Child Relationship, Schemata (Cognition), Age Differences, Personality, Social Influences, Individualism, Resilience (Psychology), Self Concept
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