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The Challenges of Becoming a Woman
The Challenges of Becoming a Woman

Author(s): Stanisława Mielimąka, Michał Mielimąka
Subject(s): Gender Studies, Theology and Religion, Systematic Theology, Pastoral Theology, Sociology of Religion
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: woman; challenges; developmental phases and risks; disturbed and mature personality

Summary/Abstract: Reflections on the challenges of development of the woman’s personality have been included in this article. The contemporary model that differentiates sex and gender has been described. Some doubts about the validity of this model have been clearly voiced. In the process of acquiring abilities to cope with various challenges in the life of a woman, the role of integration and disintegration processes has been underlined. This development has been described using phases introduced by E. Erickson (including tasks and developmental crises characteristic for this model). In each phase coping strategies available for a woman to undertake while dealing with everyday tasks have been described. Sometimes the disturbances in personality or psychiatric disorders impede or even block the realization of developmental tasks in the adult life. A brief description of the disturbances that have higher prevalence in women has been provided. In the last part of the article characteristics of a woman with mature personality have been outlined and discussed.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 27-43
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English