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Potential effects of major changes throughout the lifespan.

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Potential effects of major changes throughout the lifespan. Your self-concept changes as you go through life. Before you start school you are always with family, you understand that you are the child and you have all of your parents' attention. This is called primary socialisation. However, this changes when you start school, this is because you are going into secondary socialisation. Your self-concept changes as you begin to understand that you are a pupil and are treat differently to the way your parents treat you. You are also around other children so you no longer have all the attention. You also feel a sense of loss for your parents and old routines, a sense of uncertainty; will they come back for you? What will happen next? ...read more.


Should we have children? Then you have to spend time, money and emotional energy sorting things out, maybe redecorating, sorting out bank accounts, changing names over with companies etc. you will also experience a need to learn new things, i.e. how to get on with the in-laws, how to live with someone else, how to take care of a house. Having children is possibly one of the most major events that happen in a lifetime. Before you have children your self-concept tells you that you are either married or in a partnership with someone, you only have to look after a house and go to work. After the child is born your responsibilities totally change, your first priority is your child. You understand that you are a mother and know that the child relies on you. ...read more.


After your divorce you are disorientated, your confidence plummets to nothing and you feel alone and sometimes depressed. However, there is a sense of loss, because even though the relationship didn't work you still long for the way things used to be and your partner back. You feel uncertain about where life is going now and if you will ever find anyone else to love again. You will spend time, money and emotional energy on changing yourself into someone you want to be in order to find a new partner. You will also be sorting out divorce settlements and new housing. Your need to learn new things is all about trying to find out who you are and what you want from life now. You will also need to learn how to get on with new people and how to start a relationship with someone else. ...read more.

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