The Relationship Between Adult Development and Individuation

The Relationship Between Adult Development and Individuation
Many consider early and middle adulthood
times of relatively little growth, but adults encounter a multitude of tasks
and changes during these phases. For instance, the quality of relationships
change, vocational choice might be solidified, formal education might be
completed, parenting responsibilities might be present, and changes in physical
capacities might set limits on behavior. An adult’s perceived success or
failure can influence his/her sense of self and ability to accomplish tasks and
navigate changes in early and middle adulthood.
In the United States, individuation is an
important aspect of adulthood. Individuation refers to processes by which you
become a unique individual with a distinct sense of identity. The process is
sometimes identified as separation-individuation (Berger, 2016). Adulthood is
the period in which roles change from that of a dependent child to a more
autonomous individual with different responsibilities and commitments.
Boucher and Maslach (2009) discuss how the
type of culture—individualistic or collectivistic—can influence the degree of
individuation. Think about how cultural differences can influence the changes
that adults face during early and middle adulthood. The influence of culture on
these changes impacts individuation. Consider collectivist societies that value
conformity over individuality. How does that impact an individual’s sense of
For this Discussion, you will examine
individuation and cultural differences in individuation.
To prepare for this Discussion:
Read the introduction to this Discussion
related to individuation.
Select one aspect of adulthood (identity
development, vocational development, relationships, or parenting).
By Day 6
Respond to at least one of your colleagues’ posts and explain how
individualistic and collectivistic cultures might impact individuation
differently. Be specific and provide examples from the Learning Resources. Use
proper APA format and citations.

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