This is the real “death-line” AND I am still alive: A collaborative reflexivity about life trajectories

Olga V. Lehmann, Mixo Hansen, Helena Hurme

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    Abstract

    In this article, we, Olga Lehmann, Mixo Hansen and Helena Hurme, engage in a process of collaborative reflexivity upon living, aging, and dying as we attempt to make sense of the illnesses of the last author. The companionship that emerged between us in the plurality of our identities as friends, colleagues, coauthors, and women, encouraged us to revisit aspects of the theories in developmental-cultural psychology such as (a) the process of meaning-making, (b) the equifinality model in relation to aging and dying, and (c) the notion of personal life philosophies in relation to virtues. Based on our personal experiences as well as our collaborative reflexivity as scholars, we highlight that developmental-cultural psychology could more explicitly address existential transitions, such as dying and existential givens, such as uncertainty in its theories. We present as well some preliminary integrations between existential and cultural perspectives of meaning-making.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)819-836
    Number of pages18
    JournalCulture and Psychology
    Volume26
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2020
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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