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Retirement: The “R” Word
By: Kate Jones
When I first worked with Boomers who had been let go, restructured, downsized, or whatever other euphemism for “You no longer have a job”, it was clear that most did not want to discuss or even think of the word retirement. One woman actually told me, “That’s what my mother is … retired!” It was not for her. It was in fact the “R” word.
If I talk to younger people they have the notion that retirement is something that their parents (or grandparents) should discuss. Retirement for them is just too far into the distant future and the future is sometimes a scary thing.
Eventually the discussions lead to “finances”. That is not always a good word either. No matter what the age group.
Have you noticed In the past few years that many financial planners run retirement seminars? A colleague of mine, Susan House, a Financial Consultant with Investors Group Inc., runs regular financial planning seminars. These seminars include all aspects of planning, including the topic of retirement. Susan highlights the components of your financial plan that need the most attention prior to retirement (i.e., wills, charitable gift planning, relocation).
But what about the lifestyle side of retirement? How do you know what kind of finances you need if you have no real plan for that first Monday when you no longer go to work, as you know it.
How do we start looking at retirement with joy, with enthusiasm, and with the notion that it is just another chapter in our life’s journey book?
I recently found a book entitled “The modern grandparent’s handbook.” by Dr Georgia Witkin. It got me thinking about “the modern retiree”.
What does retirement from a life-long vocation/career look like for the modern retiree? What opportunities, lifestyles, jobs, and / or programs are available?
For example, Sheridan College’s Elder Research Centre is running summer programs that are part of an ongoing research project that explores the benefits of arts-based physical activity on the health and well-being of older adults. The modern retiree can choose between Latin Dancing or Taekwondo.
What might the Authentic Blue (NFs) choose? What about the Resourceful Oranges (SPs)? Or the Organized Golds (SJs)? Or the Inquiring Greens (NTs)?
So often people say to me that they just don’t know what they will do. My response goes something like this: “Ah but you just don’t know that you know. You just need a little help getting started!”
Some know their innate type and or temperament. Others don’t, so I suggest an assessment tool that I am proud to have been part of called Retirement Dimensions™. With the knowledge of their given talents and abilities their journey ahead starts to take a little shape. Their fear of the “R” word begins to dissipate.
For example, a sample activity some NFs have mentioned is volunteering in a pediatrics unit. Some SPs tell us they like building props or scenery for theatre. Some SJs enjoy helping new Canadians settle by providing ESL classes. And a few NTs like acting as consultants in an industry they know well.
Retirement from one’s vocation/career does not have to be nebulous; it just needs a guide!
Upcoming Research with Type: Are there Over-Representations of Jungian Traits in Online Gamers?
With the advent of the internet, it has become much easier for individuals to communicate and play games with others around the world online. For some, communicating and playing games online are unattractive, while others appear particularly drawn to this form of technology. This begs the question, “Are there some personality types which prefer this type of communication and online gaming?”
Over the summer, I will be conducting my thesis research examining this very question with residents of Second Life ™. Second Life ™ is a three-dimensional, virtual world where residents can visit, explore and communicate with other residents. Residents customize an avatar (a three-dimensional virtual representation of the user) and travel to different virtual communities.
Utilizing a very generous donation from Career Life/Skills Resources, I will be administering a demographic survey along with the Majors PTI™ to online residents to determine their “best fit” and actual Majors PTI™ personality trait. I will also be comparing my results to population norms to determine if there are overrepresentations of each of the dichotomies. To date, there is a significant gap in academic journals looking at personality traits of online gamers. This information could be extremely helpful to mental health professionals who deal with online addictions, as well as educators who utilize online technologies such as Second Life™ to deliver their course material.
Watch for the results in an upcoming Personality Compass newsletter for the results of this research!
Nancy Tavares-Jones, B.Sc., M.C. (Cand.) is a practising psychotherapist in Toronto, Ontario. She is currently completing her thesis for her Masters of Counselling Psychology degree program at Athabasca University. Her research interests include psychometric assessments and their applications, psychoanalytic theory, personality theory and understanding the concept of “identity” in actual and virtual worlds. She has been a resident of Second Life since 2011. For additional information, visit her at www.LifePathways.ca.