chapter  1
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Learning to be a person in society: learning to be me

Introduction Many years ago I used to be invited to speak at pre-retirement courses, and one of the exercises that I asked the participants to undertake was that well-known psychological one on identity. I would put on the flip chart the question, ‘Who am I?’ and the response which began ‘I am (a) . . .’. Then I asked the participants to complete the answer ten times. We took feedback, and on many occasions the respondents placed their occupation high on the list – usually in the top three. I would then ask them a simple question: ‘Who will you be when you retire?’