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These stimulating companion volumes reflect an expansion of the coverage of Wrightsman's earlier book Personality Development in Adulthood. They encourage readers to look at the evolving nature of their own lives, and include case studies throughout to illustrate concepts in a thought-provoking, non-technical manner.

Changes in Values and Attitudes
Changes in values and attitudes

I see and know what is right, yet I do what is wrong.


The 40, 50, or more years that comprise adulthood for most of us include an incomprehensible collection of experiences. Many of these reflect our relationships with others, and these human relationships invariably involve conflict (Langdale, 1986). It is conceivable that these happenings change our views of the world, our basic values, and our judgments of what is important in life. But do they do so in any systematic way? It is possible to say that during adulthood people generally change in a consistent fashion? Do they become more conservative, or less, more trusting-or less? Do the determinants of what people consider as moral behavior ...

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