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The Development of Logic in Adulthood: Postformal Thought and Its Applications
     

The Development of Logic in Adulthood: Postformal Thought and Its Applications

by Jan Sinnott
 
In this book Jan D. Sinnott synthesizes her 20 years of research on lifespan cognitive development to describe the growth of complex (or 'postformal') thought in adults. She shows specifically how adults improve mentally over a lifetime and learn to think in more complex and wiser ways. Applications of postformal thought are demonstrated in such diverse areas

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In this book Jan D. Sinnott synthesizes her 20 years of research on lifespan cognitive development to describe the growth of complex (or 'postformal') thought in adults. She shows specifically how adults improve mentally over a lifetime and learn to think in more complex and wiser ways. Applications of postformal thought are demonstrated in such diverse areas as - family relations - adult education - personal identity - and spirituality. Chapters examine relations between postformal thought and pertinent variables such as age, health, memory, and vocabulary. Other sections deal with issues in humanistic psychology such as - guided imagery - mind - body medicine - and creative intentionality.

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The author makes use of theoretical models outside the realm of traditional psychology, such as chaos theory, the new physics, and complex systems science, to describe the refinement in an individual's thinking that develops over a lifetime. She maintains that adults can cultivate this process and shows how postformal thought can enhance relationships and social roles and how it can be practically applied in the workplace, in adult education, and in conflict resolution, decision making, and cross cultural communication, as well as in spiritual development and ecology. Material is organized in sections on development of a theory of complex postformal thought, related studies, applications, and teaching postformal thought. Of interest to psychologists, teachers, and policymakers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441932860
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
12/06/2010
Series:
The Springer Series in Adult Development and Aging
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 1998
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.24(d)

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