The Resource In over our heads : the mental demands of modern life, Robert Kegan

In over our heads : the mental demands of modern life, Robert Kegan

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In over our heads : the mental demands of modern life
Title
In over our heads
Title remainder
the mental demands of modern life
Statement of responsibility
Robert Kegan
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
If contemporary culture were a school, with all the tasks and expectations meted out by modern life as its curriculum, would anyone graduate? In the spirit of a sympathetic teacher, Robert Kegan guides us through this tricky curriculum, assessing the fit between its complex demands and our mental capacities, and showing what happens when we find ourselves, as we so often do, in over our heads. In this dazzling intellectual tour, he completely reintroduces us to the psychological landscape of our private and public lives. A decade ago in The Evolving Self, Kegan presented a dynamic view of the development of human consciousness. Here he applies this widely acclaimed theory to the mental complexity of adulthood. As parents and partners, employees and bosses, citizens and leaders, we constantly confront a bewildering array of expectations, prescriptions, claims, and demands, as well as an equally confusing assortment of expert opinions that tell us what each of these roles entails. Surveying the disparate expert "literatures," which normally take no account of each other, Kegan brings them together to reveal, for the first time, what these many demands have in common. Our frequent frustration in trying to meet these complex and often conflicting claims results, he shows us, from a mismatch between the way we ordinarily know the world and the way we are unwittingly expected to understand it. In Over Our Heads provides us entirely fresh perspectives on a number of cultural controversies - the "abstinence vs. safe sex" debate, the diversity movement, communication across genders, the meaning of postmodernism. What emerges in these pages is a theory of evolving ways of knowing that allows us to view adult development much as we view child development, as an open-ended process born of the dynamic interaction of cultural demands and emerging mental capabilities. If our culture is to be a good "school," as Kegan suggests, it must offer, along with a challenging curriculum, the guidance and support that we clearly need to master this course - a need that this lucid and richly argued book begins to meet
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kegan, Robert
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BF311
LC item number
.K37 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
BF 311
NLM item number
K26i 1994
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cognition and culture
  • Adulthood
  • Adjustment (Psychology)
  • Civilization, Modern
  • Conduct of life
  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Cognition
  • Culture
  • History, 20th Century
  • Mentale belasting
  • Volwassenen
  • Cognition et culture
  • Adultes
  • Ajustement (Psychologie)
  • Civilisation
  • Morale pratique
  • Adjustment (Psychology)
  • Adulthood
  • Civilization, Modern
  • Cognition and culture
  • Conduct of life
  • Mentale belasting
  • Volwassenen
  • Erwachsenenpsychologie
  • Anpassung
  • Kognition
  • Kultur
Label
In over our heads : the mental demands of modern life, Robert Kegan
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Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 357-385) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The hidden curriculum of youth: "whaddaya want from me?" -- Coaching the curriculum: a bridge must be well anchored on either side -- Parenting: minding our children -- Partnering: love and consciousness -- Working: on seeking to hire the self-employed -- Dealing with difference: communication between the sexes/communication between the theories -- Healing: the undiscussed demands of psychotherapy -- Learning: "the teacher wants us to be self-directing" -- Conflict, leadership, and knowledge creation -- On being good company for the wrong journey
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 396 pages
Isbn
9780674445871
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
93046971
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
002818172
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29565488
  • (OCoLC)ocm29565488
Label
In over our heads : the mental demands of modern life, Robert Kegan
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 357-385) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The hidden curriculum of youth: "whaddaya want from me?" -- Coaching the curriculum: a bridge must be well anchored on either side -- Parenting: minding our children -- Partnering: love and consciousness -- Working: on seeking to hire the self-employed -- Dealing with difference: communication between the sexes/communication between the theories -- Healing: the undiscussed demands of psychotherapy -- Learning: "the teacher wants us to be self-directing" -- Conflict, leadership, and knowledge creation -- On being good company for the wrong journey
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
viii, 396 pages
Isbn
9780674445871
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
93046971
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
002818172
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29565488
  • (OCoLC)ocm29565488

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