Generate or Stagnate

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Our younger daughter is in her junior year of Honors Psychology, double majoring in cognitive behavior and child development with a minor in human organizational development.

We had an interesting conversation recently when she said she thought of us when she started studying the work of Erik Erikson. He was a well-known child psychoanalyst who focused on the study of identity.

When she started reading about the Middle Adulthood (40-65) stage, she thought of her dad and me. When she read about Generative vs Stagnation conflicts at that stage of life, she was so glad that we were not only generative, but that we would both be in the Ego Integrity category at the end of our lives. Read about it here.

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