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IV. Setting the Stage: The Four Roles of Deep Caring and Generativity

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The Four Deep Caring Roles

In keeping with our use of the theatrical metaphor, we make extensive use of the term “role” as we describe four closely related parts that people play when they care deeply and are being generative. The term “role” is being used because we believe generativity is not just about a particular way of thinking, or about a specific kind of maturation (e. g., a change or improvement in one’s needs, feelings or beliefs). While many developmental researchers focus on thinking or cognitive maturation, we focus on the role played by generativity as an activity or set of activities. A generative role is played-out not just when we think about caring or when we need to be more caring; the role of generativity is enacted when we actively participate in deep caring.

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