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An Argument Against Emerging Adulthood

In progressive, liberal, Western societies, the concept of adulthood has become rather nebulous. The trend of increasing acceptance of individual difference has made many of adulthood’s traditional ideas more difficult to interpret. Unlike traditional societies, for example, Western European and North American traditions in the main no longer practice any rites or rituals which formally induct and welcome adolescents into the rights and responsibilities of adulthood. Instead, teens become adult through a gradual process of…

The Selfobject and the Development of the Self

The selfobject is perhaps the most important concept in Self-psychology. A selfobject is not an object in the normal, physical sense, rather it is a person in our lives we relate to, like a parent or a friend, and whose interactions with us have an effect on how we feel about ourselves. The selfobject is an abstract concept which is used more or less exclusively by the theorists of Self-Psychology, but it is an idea…