Thursday, July 10, 2014
Essential Retirement: Psychological Concern
Retirement within the Context of Lifespan
To better understand the experience of retirement wee need to se it as part of our preceding lifetime rather than in isolation. In many ways the experience of retirement is a continuation of our prior existence. Our activities, lifestyle, habits, values, attitudes, personalities, identities, self-concepts and many other personal characteristics provide the prelude and foundation for our retirement experience even though our self concept may change from time to time depending on events and our moods. For example, Susan struggled with feeling not very appealing at various points in her life. But after losing weight, joining toastmasters and earning a Bachelor of Arts she felt more positive about her self. Her self-concept changed. However the consciousness that experienced these events was her continuing identity.
(This Blog is a perfect example of the process as I am a retired university psychology professor. I not only continue to teach I send it out all over the world.