Mastering the Art of Self-Renewal (Adult Years)

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We used to think of life as linear, passing through well-defined stages, leading to an inevitable slow-down and "retirement." Today we appreciate life as cyclical, changing and renewing itself. There need be no retirement, just a redefinition of your work- your life's purpose and goals.

Mastering the Art of Self-Renewal shows you how to look at every age as an opportunity for revitalization, reorientation and positive change.

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Overview

We used to think of life as linear, passing through well-defined stages, leading to an inevitable slow-down and "retirement." Today we appreciate life as cyclical, changing and renewing itself. There need be no retirement, just a redefinition of your work- your life's purpose and goals.

Mastering the Art of Self-Renewal shows you how to look at every age as an opportunity for revitalization, reorientation and positive change.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567314601
  • Publisher: MJF Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Pages: 333

Table of Contents

Preface vii
About the Author xv
Prologue 1
Part 1 The Emerging Adult 5
1. In Over Our Heads 7
2. Finding Fulfillment in Cyclical Lives 30
Table 1. Linear and Cyclical Views 46
Part 2 The Renewal Cycle: Life Chapters and Life Transitions 51
3. An Overview of the Renewal Cycle 53
Diagram 1. The Renewal Cycle: Life Chapters and Life Transitions 57
Diagram 2. Ten Life Skills for Sustaining Purpose and Passion in the Renewal Cycle 72
4. Life Chapters 75
Diagram 3. Phase 1--Dreaming, Planning, and Plateauing 77
Diagram 4. Phase 2--Managing the Doldrums 92
5. Life Transitions 99
Diagram 5. Phase 3--Cocooning: Coming to Terms with Yourself 109
Diagram 6. Phase 4--Getting Ready for the Next Chapter: A Time for Experimenting 117
Part 3 The Adult Life Cycle 125
6. Meaning and Mission Across the Life Cycle 127
Diagram 7. The Life Cycle 128
Diagram 8. The Adult Life Cycle: Eight Versions of Human Purpose 139
Table 2. Decade Orientations in the Life Cycle 142
7. The Twenties, Thirties, and Midlife Transition: Breaking Out, Staking Out, and Making It 145
8. The Forties and Fifties: Taking Stock, Individuating, and Enjoying Life 163
9. The Sixties, Seventies, Eighties, and Nineties: The Longest and Least-Defined Life Phase 178
10. Getting from Here to There: Six Principles of Developmental Change 204
Table 3. Historical Values 209
Part 4 Adults and Global Change 221
11. Valuing the Global Context: The Adult Challenges of the Twenty-First Century 223
12. The Self-Renewing Adult, the Resilient Society: Ten Qualities of Self-Renewing Persons 234
13. A New Profession of Adult Mentors and Coaches 253
Notes 263
Reading List 289
Index 317
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