Biographical Self-Reflection as a Resource for Personal Development in Adults



The paper focuses on the stages in the development of mind in adults related to biographical self-reflection. The hypothesis of the study was that biographical self-reflection affects meaning-making, self-regulation and adaptation in the adults. The sample consisted of 480 individuals aged 25—65 years. The study measured indicators of biographical self-reflection, social psychological adaptation, life meaningfulness and self-regu- lation. We have found that in the age period of 46-65 years there is a shift from self-reflection on the path of life to self-reflection on life experience, which reinforces the influence of biographical self-reflection on the meaningfulness of life and self-regulation in the adults. Our study also revealed increases in biographical self-reflection at the beginning of age crises in adulthood (30—35, 40—45, 55—60 years) when, as a result of reflective analysis, the adult realizes the need for change in his/her life.

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Keywords: biographical self-reflection, resource, development, path of life, life experience, midlife crisis

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Klementyeva M.V. Biographical Self-Reflection as a Resource for Personal Development in Adults. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2016. Vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 14–23. DOI: 10.17759/chp.2016120102. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Marina V. Klementyeva, Doctor of Psychology, Dozent, Professor, Department of Psychology and Human Capital Development, Finance University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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