The Seasons of a Man's Life

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The first full report from the team that discovered the patterns of adult development, this breakthrough study ranks in significance with the original works of Kinsey and Erikson, exploring and explaining the specific periods of personal development through which all human begins must pass—and which together form a common pattern underlying all human lives.
"A pioneering and radical theory of adult ...

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Overview

The first full report from the team that discovered the patterns of adult development, this breakthrough study ranks in significance with the original works of Kinsey and Erikson, exploring and explaining the specific periods of personal development through which all human begins must pass—and which together form a common pattern underlying all human lives.
"A pioneering and radical theory of adult development."
CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345339010
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1986
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 321,257
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
I A View of Adult Development
1 The Life Cycle and Its Seasons 3
2 Eras: The Anatomy of the Life Cycle 18
3 Developmental Periods: The Evolution of the Individual Life Structure 40
4 Four Men 64
II The Novice Phase of Early Adulthood
5 The Novice Phase: The Early Adult Transition, Entering the Adult World, and the Age Thirty Transition 71
6 Major Tasks of the Novice Phase 90
7 The Life of James Tracy, Executive (I) 112
8 The Life of William Paulsen, Worker 126
III The Settling Down Period
9 Settling Down: Building a Second Adult Life Structure 139
10 Five Sequences Through the Settling Down Period 150
11 The Life of James Tracy (II) 166
12 The Life of Paul Namson, Novelist 171
IV The Mid-Life Transition and Entering Middle Adulthood
13 The Mid-life Transition 191
14 Mid-life Individuation: Young/Old, the Major Polarity 209
15 Mid-life Individuation: The Other Polarities 222
16 Modifying the Life Structure During the Mid-life Transition 245
17 The Life of John Barnes, Biologist 260
18 Entering Middle Adulthood 278
19 The Life of James Tracy (III) 305
V Conclusions
20 Tasks and Possibilities of Adult Development 317
Notes 341
Permissions Acknowledgments 353
Index 355
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2004

    Seasons

    The case studies are very interesting. If this is a true sample of the American male population, most men do not have happy, fullfilled lives. Women have it rougher than I thought(ha-ha)!! The detail of their thoughts and concerns is excellent. However, much of the analysis is difficult to read. For a non-psychologist, I could handle all of the results analysis and contemplation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2002

    Insightful 10 Years ago, Ready to Read Again

    I read this some ten years ago ... Findings: There is a string of developmental challenges that we all face, At each transition we are challenged to deal with letting go of certain things, and accepting a new stage's social and psychological challenges. To the extent we are willing to deal with the changes, and the decisions we make to set up each succeeding structure of our lives ... that will determine how well or painfully we live out each 6-7 year stage. There is no mid-life crisis ... just a continuing cycle of transition decision, and living in the next structure, either effectively well, or not. The research on real men's lives, and the discussion of the transitional challenges were well worth the price of admission. This is not about self help, it is a wake up call as to what has been happening. Good reading. Starting a new decade of life myself, and plan to re-read it now. Will touch base if my reaction to the book changes ... I have offered this title to many young male colleauges as they reached various points of life decision, and continue to do so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2001

    A Must Read for Men of All Ages

    Good stuff and easy to read. A must for any one considering a change or pondering a next step. A road map for adult male development. Don't let this information come too late in your life.

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