In thinking about this new stage of adulthood, I remembered my days in graduate school studying for a master’s in counseling psychology. We had been assigned a course in developmental psychology, which included Erik Erikson’s Life Stage Virtues. In his developmental schema he describes the life challenges at each transition point. The life challenge and tension as we move into mid life and before old age is the one between generativity and stagnation. If we choose generativity, we are satisfied with what we have accomplished and are drawn toward assisting the younger generations. If we choose stagnation, we feel that we have failed ourselves and the generations to come.
In trying to combine Erickson’s work and my own thinking, I have come up with the term for those who are working to successfully resolved this challenge, “Generatarian”. What do you think? I would appreciate your thoughts and feedback. Please click on comments and type away.