chapter  7
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Finding Something to Do or Someone to Be: A Eudaimonist Perspective on Identity Formation

The artist Thomas McKnight has suggested that there is in every life a leitmotif or guiding vision. But it is also clear that not everyone is con­ sciously aware of having such a guiding vision in life. The leitmotif represents the strongest form a sense of personal identity can take. The principal question to be considered here concerns how individuals come to form, or recognize, a guiding vision in life that is deemed to be w or­ thy of being pursued with intensity. Why is it that in the process of de­ veloping a sense of identity some individuals seem concerned only with finding something to do, but others strive to find someone to be?