Life coaching as a means to build the identity of young people
Jitka Navrátilová

Language: en
Last modified: 2016-02-02


There are many approaches and methods to that facilitate the achievement of intended goals for their users. The question of selected method is always crucial, because the kind of method you select largely influences the form of the result achieved. In this paper, I consider and argue the use of life coaching when working with young people as a method of facilitating the management of risks that arise from countless offers and options, to which the young are exposed (Giddens, 1994). Despite the great possibilities open to young people, we encounter significant failures, and often the criminal activity of young people, whose brutality is sometimes startling. It turns out that adolescence has never been as difficult as it is today (Giant, 2015). This work builds on the assumption that if young people are to be able to face social risks and challenges, they need to cultivate such skills and abilities in themselves that will allow them to not only survive, but primarily organize a life in which they benefit not only themselves, but also contribute to the proper functioning of society. I followed from authors who emphasize the need to develop and cultivate the identity and potential of individuals, which are the source of improved well-being, despite difficult situations (Masten, 1990; Ferguson, 2001; Seligman, 2004;  Anderson, 2004;  Saleebey, 2006; Lopez and Louis, 2009; Giant; 2015). The aim is to discuss whether life coaching can be regarded as a method for supporting young people in discovering their identity and carrying out safe life projects.


identity; life coaching; young people; postmodernity; potentiality; reflexive project

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