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

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Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 31, 1998 - Psychology - 372 pages
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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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Contents

Creation of a Theory and the Purpose
1
Two Decades of the Study of Postformal Complex Thought
7
Limits of Traditional Approaches for Understanding Adult
13
New Physics Chaos and Other Complex Models
20
Development of Postformal Thought
51
New Physics Models Underlying Postformal Thought
73
General Systems Theory Underlies Postformal Thought
91
Chaos ComplexitySelfRegulating Systems and Postformal
103
Postformal Thought and the Structure of Learning
209
Reinventing the University to Foster and Serve Postformal
217
A New University Model Designed to Stimulate Postformal
223
Organizational Change
233
Couples
241
Postformal Thought
255
New Physics Eastern Spirituality and Postformal Thought
262
The Value
289

A Word about SelfOrganizing Systems
109
How Do Adults Use Logical Thought?
117
A View of Process
127
Age Differences in Processes
147
Emotion Intention Health Goal Clarity and Other Factors
161
Problem Context Probe Questions and Other Social
168
A Case Study and Suggestions for Studying
177
Studying Special Respondents Likely to Need Postformal
191
APPLICATIONS OF THE THEORY OF POSTFORMAL
193
Teaching as a Dialogue with Reality
202
Healing the Earth
298
The Problem of Thinking Humanistically
304
Can We Teach Adults To Use Complex Postformal
313
Postformal Thought and Living in Balance
325
A Measure of Postformal Thought and Coding and Scoring
331
B The Narings Liv Project at the Institute for Noetic Sciences
341
References
351
Index
363
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