Apr 09, 2019
Heart with words in it

There is a developmental theory by a renowned psychologist Erik Erikson that talks about a term called Generativity.

It is defined as “a concern for people besides self and family that usually develops during middle age” and has become known as a key developmental characteristic of the middle-aged years.

When I read this, it explained so much of what I’ve been feeling for the past few years. The older I get, the more I feel the need to focus my attention on things that make our world a better place. After a lifetime of inward focus on my own life, raising a family and building my career, I now feel compelled to reach for broader pursuits, both large and small, that are focused on helping others – volunteering with charities, helping the homeless, speaking out on social causes etc. that never would have never previously crossed my mind. The shift in focus from self to community is a refreshingly new perspective on life.

Does anyone else feel this way?

If you do, I would love to know how the word Generativity relates to your life and what you do to give back. Tell me in the comments below.

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