Essay on Possible Selves

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An individual’s possible self is a significant aspect of their life to understand what their future may or may not hold. An individual’s possible self also presents a conceptual connection linking cognition and motivation (Markus & Nurius, 1986). “Projecting one’s self into the future involves creating possible selves that represent what they could become, what they would like to become, and what they are afraid of becoming” (Kail & Cavanaugh, 2007). The stages of Reflective Judgment have distinguished itself by its ability to illustrate the development of reasoning from adolescence to adulthood. The stages of reflective judgment illustrate the beliefs of knowledge and how it influences the development of decisive or reflective thinking …show more content…
Once her children are raised, she will marry them off and then take care of her grandchildren. Jane has no desire to go to college or work anytime in the future. Jane’s biggest fear is that Mike will not have the same plan as her.
Future selves or "possible selves" signifies an individuals' belief of what they may transpire to be, what they would like to be, and what they are frightened of becoming (Zytowski & D’Achiardi-Ressler, 2011). Possible selves are the perfect selves that an individual would, to a large extent, like to develop into. The possible selves that are dreamed of may include the accomplished self, the creative self, the wealthy self, the skinny self, or the cherished and popular self, while, the frightened possible selves may perhaps be the on your own self, the unhappy self, the inept self, the intoxicating self, the jobless self, or the homeless self (Markus & Nurius, 1986). Jane is clearly demonstrating her possible self in the above example.
Jane seems to be stuck in the first three stages of reflective judgment. Pre-reflective Reasoning (Stages 1-3): In the first three stages, an individual believes that knowledge is obtained through the declaration of a person with authority or through personal observation, instead of, for instance, through the assessment of verification. Individuals, who embrace these beliefs, assume that what they know to be true is unquestionably accurate, and that they know with

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