The Discourse Of Control And The Maintenance Of Well-Being

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Book Chapter

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The Psychology Of Control And Aging

Series Title

Psychology Revivals


This chapter proposes that people's accounts of their control over events are forms of social performance. They are forms of discourse used as pragmatic devices for carrying out relations with others. Basic types of explanatory discourse are outlined along with the larger patterns of relationship in which they are embedded. Contemporary norms for the aged tend to favor a form of explanation that is inimical to their well-being. Research findings indicate the importance of selecting those forms of self-explanation that enable one to remain active, high in self-esteem, and positive in morale during old age.

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Psychology Press


M. M. Baltes And P. B. Baltes

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