Chickering's Theory: Phychosocial Development Reflecting Upon Self Growth And Development

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The Chickering’s theory explains the psychosocial development reflecting upon self growth and development (Blimling, p.137-138). It consists of seven vectors that share different areas of development you find yourself in at various points in your life, and at multiple times (Class #1 Powerpoint). The seven vectors are: developing competence, managing emotion, autonomy to interdependence, developing mature interpersonal relationships, establishing identity, developing integrity, and developing purpose. These vectors are all major “highways” in order to individualize yourself all throughout your life. Thus, no one can “master” a specific vector as they are a guidance towards personal growth and self development (Class #1 Powerpoint). Since new…show more content…
This vector is a process that begins in your childhood. The first four vectors: competence, managing emotions, moving through autonomy toward interdependence, and developing mature interpersonal relationships create the framework for one’s self identification. (Blimling, p.142) Throughout the time period of my life that I participated in pageants, I focused on how “perfect” my physical appearance was compared to many others around me. I did not recognize my body’s needs or limits when it came to diet and exercise. The meal plan would only be centered around how many calories it was versus what my body actually needed to properly function. My exercise routines consisted of workouts that counted how many calories I would be able to burn instead of what my body could actually handle. This version of my interpretation of body image soon faded after one semester of my college career. Because of being able to control my internal emotions and being more independent both emotionally and instrumentally, I was able to discover and recognize what my needs and limitations are. Through the process of establishing identity, it also helped me discover the definition of my personality. I had personality traits that allowed me to be a leader enabling others to act (Class #12 Handout). At this point, I am able to differentiate myself from others. I am confident in my ability to integrate my successes and failures in developing a self-image such as being a leader of a team. In addition, I am able to communicate more effectively with others in regards to not only my identity but helping others identify
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