Life Cycle: Psychological and Theological Perceptions

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Richard Dayringer
Haworth Pastoral Press, 2000 - Religion - 177 pages
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Understand the spiritual and psychological stages of human life!

Life Cycle: Psychological and Theological Perceptions provides professors and students of religion, pastoral counselors, and parents with a description of human personality development from birth to death from both psychological and theological perspectives. You will examine how personalities develop and unfold as individuals grow and how they are influenced by family members and by God, helping you view the life cycle as a sacred journey. Life Cycle will help you, as a parent, to understand your children better, and as an individual, to gain a meaningful perspective of the unfolding of your own life. As a pastoral counselor, this book will help you to enlarge your comprehension of developmental problems and solutions, enabling you to better help your parishioners develop healthy spiritual identities.

Through this insightful book, you will discover the natural process of development through life-stages such as the Age of Works, the Age of Friendships, and the Age of Discovery.

This unique book will help you in your pursuit of self-discovery. Within these pages you will:
  • examine the history and theories of personality development from such theorists as Freud, Erikson, and Sullivan to get a solid foundation for understanding the process of identity formation
  • understand theological as well as psychological views of personality development.
  • realize the impact of the family unit on the development of individuals
  • learn to recognize the stages of human development and see how the integration of theology and psychology can clarify them

    Life Cycle includes a comprehensive bibliography on the subject of development, as well as beautiful and moving poems that depict personal growth to help describe new concepts and help you to better understand important identity issues. This informative book will help you clearly define the stage of life that you or the person you are trying to help is in and identify the stage where problems originated, giving you the necessary information to begin to problem solve and promote healthy spiritual and mental growth and balance.

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Dayringer is Professor Emeritus and former Director of Psychosocial Care in the Department of Medical Humanities and Professor & Chief of Behavioral Science in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at Southern Illinois University of Springfield.

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