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Identity transitions: possibly selves, liminality and the dynamics of voluntary career change

Author: Ibarra, Herminia INSEAD Area: Organisational Behaviour Series: Working Paper ; 2007/31/OB Publisher: Fontainebleau : INSEAD, 2007.Language: EnglishDescription: 57 p.Type of document: INSEAD Working PaperNote: This working paper is NOT available: catalog reference onlyAbstract: This article develops a model of identity transition in voluntary career change. Identity transition is the process of disengaging from a central, behaviourally-anchored identity while exploring new possible selves, and eventually, integrating an alternative identity. The article discerns limitations of existing perspectives on identity change with respect to non-institutionalized passages and offers a new model based on ideas about the evolution of possible selves. The model proposes that people elaborate possible selves continually by modifying their activities and relationships and making sense of life events. These elaboration processes vary by transition stages, as possible selves evolve from mental images to socially grounded, enduring identities. Early explorations alter established identity commitments, giving rise to a middle, liminal period in which possible selves are selected for provisional trial and conflict between old and new identities heightens. Tentatives selves develop buffered from the rules and obligations that govern better established identities until people gain enough experience to retain or reject alternatives; transition narratives help people integrate retained identities and claim them successfully across social settings. Implications of this model for research on identity and career dynamics are drawn.
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This article develops a model of identity transition in voluntary career change. Identity transition is the process of disengaging from a central, behaviourally-anchored identity while exploring new possible selves, and eventually, integrating an alternative identity. The article discerns limitations of existing perspectives on identity change with respect to non-institutionalized passages and offers a new model based on ideas about the evolution of possible selves. The model proposes that people elaborate possible selves continually by modifying their activities and relationships and making sense of life events. These elaboration processes vary by transition stages, as possible selves evolve from mental images to socially grounded, enduring identities. Early explorations alter established identity commitments, giving rise to a middle, liminal period in which possible selves are selected for provisional trial and conflict between old and new identities heightens. Tentatives selves develop buffered from the rules and obligations that govern better established identities until people gain enough experience to retain or reject alternatives; transition narratives help people integrate retained identities and claim them successfully across social settings. Implications of this model for research on identity and career dynamics are drawn.

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