The Self-realizing Young Individual in Modern Work

Nicolai Dahl

Student thesis: Master thesis


This thesis seeks to uncover the relationship of the young individual person according to self-realization in the modern work life. The purpose is to understand how stress can arise in the young individual. This has been done by an exploratory approach to the mentioned phenomenon. The project uses a mixed method for collecting empirical data. The analytical method is performed using grounded theory. This has made it possible for the theory to be grounded in the empirical data itself.
It can be concluded that the young individual seeks to appear updated in the relation to the outside world. This is central to the way the young individual relates to self-realization. It is more important to be seen as present, than respecting the need to achieve calmness. This makes it difficult for the young individual to decline work. The young individual constantly seeks to appear as present as possible. This causes the young individual to experience stress.
Due to the fact that modern work is fluid and does not have a predefined structure, it is up to the individual young person to take responsibility for their own work process. This has proven to be more complex as such, as the young individual experiences consequences in all choices. In doing so, it often chooses according to discourses that are well-respected in the outside world. An external pressure is identified which becomes an internal pressure to adapt to the inner self. The young individual wants to prove this fact.
Furthermore, the findings are being discussed in relation to the postmodern society, where Anthony Giddens (1991) perspective will give basic to the discussion. The discussion will use Ulrich Beck (1997) definition of the risk society. Finally, the concept of motivation will be discussed based on Ryan and Deci's (2000) research and how they approach the concept.

EducationsMSc in Psychology, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2020
Number of pages77