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My Personal Lifespan Timeline

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Olivia Cyr

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School-Age
Adolescence
Middle Adulthood
Early Childhood
Young Adulthood
My Personal Lifespan Timeline

Early Childhood
During infancy and early childhood, My
motor skills, locomotion skills, and fine motor skills
began to develop as I began to crawl, grasp, reach, and walk!

I developed bonds with my family members. I developed an
internal working model
and understood how responsive and dependable my mother was. She was very dependable and caring, so I came to trust her and rely on her for comfort.
Early Childhood
I entered the social world during early childhood when I began attending a local Head Start program at the age of four. During this time I was engaging in
cooperative play
(organized around a theme & taking on different roles). I enjoyed hide-and-seek, tea parties, and dress up.

I also began to form my
gender identity
and understood myself as female. I engaged in 'gender-typical' activities and understood gender labels to evaluate toys. I loved barbies and baby dolls!

School-Age
During early school years, I began to learn what eventually became my favorite school subject: reading! I learned about letters and word forms both at home and at school. I developed the ability to distinguish the sounds in spoken words
(phonological awareness)
. I began to recognize individual words, which then led to comprehension. I caught on to reading very well and by second grade I was doing reading comprehension at advanced levels. Reading remained my strong point throughout the rest of my school years and has always been one of my favorite hobbies!
School-Age
During school-age, I formed
friendships
with peers. These friendships became more complex as I developed, and I chose friends that I shared interests with and whom I felt I could trust and depend on. I had many friends but a few in particular that I was especially close with.

These friendships grew and developed. Often times, my friendships would include
co-rumination
; my friends and I spent a lot of time talking about our personal problems.
Adolescence
The physical changes of
puberty
came during my early adolescent years. (Also known as the awkward stage!) I began to mature physically and underwent a growth spurt. I began to grow significantly in height and I ended up being one of the tallest girls in my class.



Adolescence
During later adolescence, my career development began with
crystallization
; I used my emerging identity to form ideas about potential careers. I remember deciding during my junior year of high school that I wanted to enter the field of Mental Health/Counseling based on my interest in psychology and passion for helping others.
Young Adulthood
As a young adult I have recently experienced different
role transitions.
I have assumed new responsibilities and duties.

After high school I left home and attended the University of Maine at Farmington for my first year of college. I then decided I wanted to be closer to home, so I transferred to UMPI and I am now in my 3rd year of college! I have also been living independently in my own apartment for about two years.




Late Adulthood
Olivia Cyr
PSY 205
Spring 2015

This is me (left) with my closest friend- Patricia. We were very close all throughout our school years.
My best friend & I during junior high school. (I am on the left! )
With puberty also came
mood changes
. I experienced significant moodiness as a result of changes in activities and social settings. I would feel happy when I was with friends but I would be in a bad mood during classes or in adult-regulated settings.
Me during infancy with my mom and my big sister!
Some best friends & I at my 18th birthday party! (I'm second from the right)
Me receiving my high school diploma! (Yay!)
I have also experienced significant occupational role transitions. I have been blessed with an opportunity to be employed at a local mental health/substance abuse agency and I have been working there as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counseling Aide for about one year. This has been a major transition from my previous customer service position at a grocery store.
Some coworkers & I at a local community event
(Me)
Photos of my living room in my apartment!
Young Adulthood
Another significant event that I have experienced during young adulthood has been
falling in love
. I have been with my boyfriend for about two years now, and our relationship displays the
three basic components of love
found by Sternberg (2006):

Passion- an intense physiological desire for someone
Intimacy- the feeling that one can share all thoughts and actions with another
Commitment- the willingness to stay with a person through good and bad times
Middle Adulthood
My parents are currently in
middle adulthood
.
They have both been dealing with the typical middle-aged couple issues: "dealing with children who are becoming adults themselves, handling job pressures, and worrying about aging parents." (pg. 365)

They have a lot to deal with every day and could be referred to as part of the
sandwich generation
, caught between the competing demands of two generations: their parents and their children.


Middle Adulthood
As a part of their middle adulthood my parents have experienced major child-related events. They have been undergoing transitions as my siblings and I are growing older and taking on independence. The process is difficult for them but they continue to provide considerable emotional support and financial help whenever needed.
My parents with all four of us children on my older sister's wedding day last summer.
Late Adulthood
My maternal grandparents are currently in late adulthood. I call them Nana & Papa. They definitely have a special bond with all of their grandchildren! They have influenced my life very significantly and I definitely would not be the person I am today without them!

My Papa retired from his career about a year ago and he has had to adjust and develop new patterns of personal involvement. He now spends most of his time at home doing what he loves: tinkering in his garage and flying his powered parachute airplane.
Nana & Papa and I at my high school graduation!
Late Adulthood
I have many great aunts and uncles who are also in late adulthood. Pictured here are the ones that I am closest with (Flossie & Walter). They are my role models in terms of love and marriage. They have been married since they were in their late adolescent years! Their marital relationship follows the pattern that
"Older couples typically have a reduced potential for marital conflict and greater potential for pleasure, are more likely to be similar in terms of mental and physical health than are younger couple, and show fewer gender differences in sources of pleasure"
(pg. 423). They are an example of what I hope my marriage turns out to be like during late adulthood.

My Aunt and Uncle, along with my Nana and Papa, seem to be very content in their late adulthood.
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