Approaching Sehnsucht (Life Longings) from a Life-Span Perspective: The Role of Personal Utopias in Development

@article{Scheibe2008ApproachingS,
  title={Approaching Sehnsucht (Life Longings) from a Life-Span Perspective: The Role of Personal Utopias in Development},
  author={Susanne Scheibe and Alexandra M. Freund},
  journal={Research in Human Development},
  year={2008},
  volume={5},
  pages={121 - 133}
}
Sehnsucht (life longings) refers to thoughts and feelings about missing something in life that would make it complete or perfect. Using a life-span–theoretical approach, we posit that life longings have important developmental functions, including giving directionality for life planning and helping to cope with loss and important, yet unattainable wishes by pursuing them in one's imagination. This article presents a life-span–theoretical conceptualization of Sehnsucht recently introduced by… Expand
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