Fulfillment in Adulthood: Paths to the Pinnacle of Life

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Springer US, Jan 1, 1994 - Psychology - 309 pages
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The years between 35 and 65 should be rich and fulfilling, bursting with the very best life has to offer. Unfortunately, for too many people, a life review reveals a series of missed opportunities, bungled relationships, and personal misfortunes. The result is preoccupation with what might have been, not what is possible. To reach a profound sense of fulfillment, one must first comprehend the phases that make up the whole of life. The recent, cutting-edge science of adult development offers vital tools to gain knowledge of one's life. Dr. Colarusso - of the world's premier experts in this specialty - draws on the latest scientific concepts in this rapidly expanding field. Separating life into nine phases, he illustrates that only by relating our past and present to the future can we enhance our chances for fulfillment. As an eminent authority in the field of development, Dr. Colarusso calls on his 30 years of clinical experience to provide us with a thorough understanding of the changing biological, psychological, and environmental conditions that we face throughout our lives. He arms us with knowledge that will help us maximize the pleasures and avoid the pitfalls that each new phase of life brings - particularly the anxieties and disappointments of midlife. Guiding us through a wealth of facts, Dr. Colarusso shows us the smoothest and most direct paths to adult fulfillment. He demonstrates that an enriched, rewarding life is one in which the triumvirate of human experience - love, work, and play - are balanced. By learning from the concepts of this burgeoning science and the detailed case histories - including one of a 70-year-old grandmother - we find that it is never impossible ortoo late to achieve happiness and fulfillment.

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