Description: I will not say Happy New Year. That seems a bit trite and unreflective this year. How about Wishing you a Happier and Free-er New year as 2021 unfolds? You may also be thinking that what with all the pandemic driven hopes for things just getting less worse and for our progress towards broader vaccination speeding up past its starting crawl that perhaps this is not a good New Year to make personal resolutions. But in that, you may be wrong. Think for a moment about all of the external sources in your pre-Covid life that organized and guided your actions and your choices. From having to get up and get to work or school by a particular time deciding which restaurant to go to or order from in order to eat. Ok, well maybe those examples are not broadly shared, but think about how much structure has vanished from your day-to-day life during the more locked down portions of the past year and perhaps you can see why it might be good for you to set a few (one or two) goals of your own, for the New Year. Think about the new current situation in relation to life structure and goals and then have a read through the linked article for a few nudges to think about it some more.
Source: Set a new year’s resolution. When every day feels the same, having a goal to work towards will make a difference, Dave McGinn, The Globe and Mail.
Date: January 2, 2021
One additional thing to reflect upon is how our experiences over that past year have opened an opportunity for us to see more clearly how the world looks to those emerging adults (18 to 25- to 29-year-olds) who are trying to set and implement movement towards career and life goals. The significantly higher levels of anxiety, stress and related perfectionism displayed by emerging adults in recent years is not a reflection of weakness on their part but, rather, a reflection of an ongoing seismic shift in social organizational structure into individual responsibilities. What used to be mapped out in career pathways and socially defied options and opportunities is the world are shifting into what some refer to as YOYO economics. Meaning You are On Your Own. Now, if you have some time to reflect, dig into that a bit deeper to see how things were different pre-Covid and how they may be even more different now and think about what that means about the importance of personal goals. They may be the only way forward; that or we need to figure out how to move towards a more WITT social and economic system. That WILL be a challenge … just look at the less than perfect social actions over the past year associated with please to consider that We are In This Together (WITT).
Questions for Reflection or Discussion:
- Most resolutions are abandoned by February. How might that be shifted by you making a commitment to a personal goal (or two) this year?
- Why might goal setting be more important NOW than at previous New Years?
- A YOYO perspective might seem to fit well with a lot of Psychology with its individual focus but if there is (I think there is) more to Psychology than individual psychology what else should we be looking at?
References (Read Further):
Eisenberg, N. (2014). Is our focus becoming overly narrow?. APS Observer, 27(7). Link
Vosylis, R., & Erentaitė, R. (2020). Linking family financial socialization with its proximal and distal outcomes: Which socialization dimensions matter most for emerging adults’ financial identity, financial behaviors, and financial anxiety?. Emerging Adulthood, 8(6), 464-475. Link
Arnett, J. J. (2007). Suffering, selfish, slackers? Myths and reality about emerging adults. Journal of youth and adolescence, 36(1), 23-29. Link
Germani, A., Buratta, L., Delvecchio, E., Gizzi, G., & Mazzeschi, C. (2020). Anxiety severity, perceived risk of COVID-19 and individual functioning in emerging adults facing the pandemic. Frontiers in psychology, 11. Link
Barry, C. M., Nelson, L. J., & Christofferson, J. L. (2013). Asocial and afraid: An examination of shyness and anxiety in emerging adulthood. Journal of Family Studies, 19(1), 2-18. Link
Dwivedi, A., & Rastogi, R. (2017). Proactive coping, time perspective and life satisfaction: A study on emerging adulthood. Journal of Health Management, 19(2), 264-274. Link
Wood, D., Crapnell, T., Lau, L., Bennett, A., Lotstein, D., Ferris, M., & Kuo, A. (2018). Emerging adulthood as a critical stage in the life course. In Handbook of life course health development (pp. 123-143). Springer, Cham. Link