Who am I? Philosophers, psychologists, and sociologists debate endlessly without arriving at an ideal theoretical answer to this question. In fictional and nonfictional accounts of people’s lives, adults are depicted as being in turmoil because they do not know the answer to this question. The conclusion of the study reported in this book is quite the opposite. Most normal adults know the answer to this question in the practical context of their everyday lives. Normal adults know that they are loving with their family and competent in their work, and that they follow a code of ethics that gives their life its purpose. They may not be correct about how well they fit these criteria, but they believe that, for the most part, they do. It is this answer that gives adults their sense of identity.
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