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Metaphors of Adult Development

1. "Aiming at a sense of life purpose is not easy. A sense of direction is as much about what is outside oneself as it is about what is inside" (Amundson, p. 135). How does Amundson make a connection between a quote like this and metaphor? What do you make of this connection?
2. What are three general metaphors of adult development?

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1. "Aiming at a sense of life purpose is not easy. A sense of direction is as much about what is outside oneself as it is about what is inside" (Amundson, p. 135). How does Amundson make a connection between a quote like this and metaphor? What do you make of this connection?

The metaphor used by Amundson to describe a sense of life purpose is electricity. Like the power the electricity to facilitate the direction of the energy flow, similarly is the power of the sense of purpose in life to facilitate the energy force that fuels creativity and a sense of purpose and direction in life. As the force of the flow of the energy to create electricity, so is force of a sense of purpose to create hope, heroes and opportunities. Amundson (2003) suggests that life purpose is the result of matching personal capabilities and interests ("what is inside of oneself") with external needs ("what is outside of oneself"). The electricity metaphor is somewhat helpful in linking energy flow and force to the direction and sense of purpose in ones life.

The quote suggests that a sense of direction or purpose can be influenced negatively or positively through internal and external factors. Life purpose, or meaning in life, for example can be hindered by various factors. He suggests that unrealistic perceptions of ourselves can ...

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Based on the metaphor, this solution discusses how Amundson makes a connection between a quote like this and metaphor, and evaluates this connection. It also discusses three general metaphors of adult development.

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