Developmental Tasks for Children, Adolescents & Adults
A Full Picture of Internal Development from Self-worth & Emotional Safety to Integrating Love, Truth, Beauty & Wisdom
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Internal tasks begin in childhood when our personalities are formed. For most people, internal training in childhood is woefully inadequate, so we move into adolescence internally hungry, hormonally driven, lost, angry and confused, but still trying to pretend that we "know it all...Without the foundation of having completed our childhood developmental tasks, in adolescence our responsibilities start to pile-up as we need to define our characters, choose a career, relate to the opposite sex, and deal with internal needs.As adults, we need to learn how to create intimacy and build emotional bonds in long-term romantic relationships, as well as feed our children's needs for emotional safety, self-worth, and self-awareness. Of course, if we have not mastered these basic internal tasks for ourselves, it is impossible to help our children...Completing our developmental tasks in a layered and life-stage appropriate manner allows us to grow-up with self-worth and peace of mind, in addition to create the self, life, and other-awareness necessary for our own fulfillment, build emotional bonds, and contribute to the internal evolution of our species. With development we identify and master a brave new world of internal needs and potentials that heretofore had been unknown, invisible, and beyond our developmental capacity to see or understand.
About This Book:
Understanding developmental tasks is critical information for parents, teachers, psychotherapists, couples and any individual who wants to fulfill his internal potentials and create lasting happiness.
In this book, you will discover each step in a lifetime process of mental and emotional development beginning with our childhood need for emotional safety, self-worth, and an accurate self-awareness and continuing with new tasks for each decade for seventy years.
Never before have the uniquely human developmental tasks been defined in clear experiential detail so anyone with a desire to learn can fulfill himself, provide intimacy and emotional bonds in every significant relationship, and create a profound degree of professional satisfaction and permanent meaning.
About the Author
Dr. Hatherley has a Ph.D. in psychology. He has studied Western literature, history, religion and philosophy. He has also explored Eastern thought as represented by Chinese Taoism, Indian Buddhism, and Japanese Zen.
For over twenty years, Dr. Hatherley practiced psychotherapy, and for the past ten years has offered education in mental & emotional development.
Throughout his career, Dr. Hatherley has explored one key question, “What, if anything, will make human life internally satisfying and meaningful.
Dr. Hatherley currently resides in La Mesa, CA where he offers workshops, classes, and individual consultations in how to become internally fulfilled & genuinely happy.