The agentic self: On the nature and origins of personal agency across the life span

Todd D. Little, C. R. Snyder, Michael Wehmeyer

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Abstract

This chapter examines personality development using the human agency concept as an overarching theme. It first articulates fundamental assumptions about agency, with a quick sketch of its organismic meta theoretical roots. Second, it explores the philosophical and historical underpinnings of agency as a central concept in both past and present psychological theories. It then examines the various layers of agency and discusses their development antecedents and consequences. Finally, building on the rich historical literature and recent theorizing, it concludes with some comments and suggestions on future directions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Personality Development
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages61-79
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781317778073
ISBN (Print)0805859365, 9780805859362
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

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    Little, T. D., Snyder, C. R., & Wehmeyer, M. (2014). The agentic self: On the nature and origins of personal agency across the life span. In Handbook of Personality Development (pp. 61-79). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315805610-11