Coping with Aging
Coping with Aging is the final project of the late Richard S. Lazarus, the man whose landmark book Emotion and Adaptation put the study of emotion in play in the field of psychology. In this volume, Lazarus examines the experience of aging from the standpoint of the individual, rather than as merely a collection of statistics and charts. This technique is in line with his long-standing belief that experiences should be looked at in their specific contexts, rather than squeezed into an overly general statistical viewpoint that loses the subjects' motivations. Drawing on his five decades of pioneering research, Lazarus looks at aging, emotion, and coping, and stability and change in both environment and personality. Because Lazarus mixes academic rigor with everyday examples, this volume will be both useful to scholars and accessible to the lay audience that has so much gain from a systematic understanding of aging and emotion.
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STABILITY AND CHANGE
CENTRAL EXPERIENCES OF AGING CASE HISTORIES
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Pagina 64 - God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Pagina 37 - Much of social gerontology could be summarized as the discovery that many of the differences between the old and the young that society has attributed to the aging process are due, in fact, to cohort effects. Cohort differences are explained by membership in a birth-year-defined group that is socialized into certain abilities, beliefs, attitudes, and personality dimensions that will stay stable as that cohort ages and that distinguish it from those born earlier and later.
Pagina 46 - ... experiences from that of all other animals was slighted as a black box and largely ignored, to one in which the perceptual, emotional and cognitive processing of information has become an interesting and important problem to be examined, (italics added) When he says in the statement I have italicized that 'our theories are either too elegant to be meaningful or too full of meaning to be elegant/ Spiegel's phraseology is epigrammatically pure and absolutely delightful.
Pagina 225 - The effects of psychological factors and physical trauma on recovery from oral surgery. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 1980, 3, 291-310.
Pagina 104 - Everything is on the line," so to speak. Previous means of coping and managing problems break down in the face of new threats and challenges. The potential for good or bad outcomes lies in the disorganization and disequilibrium of crisis. A wealth of clinical data suggest that some form of reorganization will begin in a matter of weeks after the onset of crisis.
Pagina 224 - Folkman, S. (1997). Introduction to the special section. Use of bereavement narratives to predict well-being in gay men whose partners died of AIDS: Four theoretical perspectives. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 72, 851-854.
Pagina 232 - Hayward M, eds. 1997. Societal Mechanisms for Maintaining Competence in Old Age. New York: Springer Woodruff-Pak DS.
Pagina 90 - In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the airline industry began implementing sweeping security measures in airports.
Pagina 96 - We tend to think of memory as a camera or a tape recorder where the past can be filed intact and called up at will. But memory is none of these things. Memory is like a storyteller, and like all storytellers, it imposes form on the raw mass of experience.