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The Mortal Stage of Late Life

The Mortal Stage of Late Life Abstract : A Mortal Stage of later life may be considered as a subdivision of Erik Erikson's eighth stage of life which he called Mature Age, characterized by issues of integrity versus disgust, despair. Mortality poses the optimal task of Realization (in many positive coping and existential senses) versus Denial (or other nonrecognition or emotional paralysis) or Fear (or apprehension or even terror). Premorbid awareness of illness may contribute to or challenge Realization. Literary examples also suggest a reviewing of one's life and works, possible regressions from genitality to anal preoccupations, little social withdrawal, and a compassionate interest in the next generation. In dying the self is not given up, but rather the alternate universe of further interpersonal relations had one lived on. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis & Dynamic Psychiatry Guilford Press

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Guilford Press
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© The American Academy of Psychoanalysis
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Articles
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1546-0371
DOI
10.1521/jaap.30.3.329.21963
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Abstract

Abstract : A Mortal Stage of later life may be considered as a subdivision of Erik Erikson's eighth stage of life which he called Mature Age, characterized by issues of integrity versus disgust, despair. Mortality poses the optimal task of Realization (in many positive coping and existential senses) versus Denial (or other nonrecognition or emotional paralysis) or Fear (or apprehension or even terror). Premorbid awareness of illness may contribute to or challenge Realization. Literary examples also suggest a reviewing of one's life and works, possible regressions from genitality to anal preoccupations, little social withdrawal, and a compassionate interest in the next generation. In dying the self is not given up, but rather the alternate universe of further interpersonal relations had one lived on.

Journal

Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis & Dynamic PsychiatryGuilford Press

Published: Sep 1, 2002

Keywords: Keywords: Mortal Stage or stage , mortal or mortal and stage , Premorbid stage , Erikson , Erik , Maturity or Mature Age , Aging or 8 Ages of Man

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