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The meaning of the future – Towards a more specific definition of possible selves.

Erikson, Martin G. LU (2007) In Review of General Psychology 11(4). p.348-358
Abstract
Possible selves are traditionally

defined as conceptions of our selves in future

states. The author discusses the way the theory

is used in the literature and argues that there

is a need for a clearer definition, cecause there

appear to be a number of common

misinterpretations regarding possible selves.

Important features of possible selves are

discussed, in particular their nature as

experienced meaning, their relation with the rest

of the self-concept, and their social and

cultural nature. It is suggested that agency is

an important aspect of possible selves, and that

they can be seen as narratives. The... (More)
Possible selves are traditionally

defined as conceptions of our selves in future

states. The author discusses the way the theory

is used in the literature and argues that there

is a need for a clearer definition, cecause there

appear to be a number of common

misinterpretations regarding possible selves.

Important features of possible selves are

discussed, in particular their nature as

experienced meaning, their relation with the rest

of the self-concept, and their social and

cultural nature. It is suggested that agency is

an important aspect of possible selves, and that

they can be seen as narratives. The clearer

definition suggested is that possible selves are

conceptions of our selves in the future,

including, at least to some degree, an experience

of being an agent in a future situation. Possible

selves get vital parts of their meaning in

interplay with the self-concept which they in

turn moderate, as well as from their social and cultural context. (Less)
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Review of General Psychology
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10.1037/1089-2680.11.4.348
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  abstract     = {Possible selves are traditionally <br/><br>
defined as conceptions of our selves in future <br/><br>
states. The author discusses the way the theory <br/><br>
is used in the literature and argues that there <br/><br>
is a need for a clearer definition, cecause there <br/><br>
appear to be a number of common <br/><br>
misinterpretations regarding possible selves. <br/><br>
Important features of possible selves are <br/><br>
discussed, in particular their nature as <br/><br>
experienced meaning, their relation with the rest <br/><br>
of the self-concept, and their social and <br/><br>
cultural nature. It is suggested that agency is <br/><br>
an important aspect of possible selves, and that <br/><br>
they can be seen as narratives. The clearer <br/><br>
definition suggested is that possible selves are <br/><br>
conceptions of our selves in the future, <br/><br>
including, at least to some degree, an experience <br/><br>
of being an agent in a future situation. Possible <br/><br>
selves get vital parts of their meaning in <br/><br>
interplay with the self-concept which they in <br/><br>
turn moderate, as well as from their social and cultural context.},
  author       = {Erikson, Martin G.},
  issn         = {1089-2680},
  keyword      = {experienced meaning,self-concept,agency,possible selves},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {348--358},
  publisher    = {American Psychological Association (APA)},
  series       = {Review of General Psychology},
  title        = {The meaning of the future – Towards a more specific definition of possible selves.},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/1089-2680.11.4.348},
  volume       = {11},
  year         = {2007},
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