In Over Our Heads: The Mental Demands of Modern Life

  • Title: In Over Our Heads: The Mental Demands of Modern Life
  • Author: Robert Kegan
  • ISBN: 9780674445888
  • Page: 103
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Over Our Heads The Mental Demands of Modern Life 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
    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 dIf 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 usto 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 curriculu

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    1. I picked this book up after a psychologist said it was an incredible read, one that made her do a lot of thinking. She was right; Kegan presents some ideas that I’ve not encountered elsewhere. He proposed that there are stages of human development; this isn’t new, but his idea of what these stages are is new. His five stages start with very young children in the first order; older children (about 7 to 10 years old) in the second; the third order is teenagers and the majority of adults (most [...]

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    2. The follow up to Evolving Self, twenty years later. Read this after Evolving Self.I found some of the early parts repetitive, and some of the case studies a little too drawn out. It seemed clear to me that his purpose for writing was all tied up in the last few chapters where he revises the later stages of his system from Evolving Self to allow for this idea of "postmodern consciousness." Which I think is totally fascinating, I'm on it so hard right now. But Kegan's interest in postmodernism see [...]

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    3. This is a really dense, heavy book. But it builds on itself on itself in a way that results in a spectacular payoff. It has changed the way I think about intellectual development and personal growth and it has given me new appreciation for my higher education experience.

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    4. Who said our psychological development stopped when we reach 18-20 years old?Kegan makes the case of the contrary. He uses everyday life examples to illustrate the different stages of development; and he approaches this sensitive topic with a very humane touch.Definitely a favorite.

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    5. This book is a mental demand all on its own. The text is overly complicated. It has sentences that go on for paragraphs, and average word length at least double that of many other books. At the chapter level, the structure is easy to follow; within a chapter, the content doesn't seem disorganized so much as it seems like the organization is purposefully hidden. Despite all that, this book is amazing. The content and examples are well worth the effort it takes the read the book.In Over Our Heads [...]

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    6. Brilliant this book gave me a completely new view on developmental psychology, teaching me to look with much more subtlety, humanity and inclusiveness, dropping many of my negative judgments that arise from my own opinions rather than a truly higher view. It also casts new light on the big question: What is Postmodernism?, suggesting that Postmodernism is more a transition between Modernism and what-comes-after-Modernism, which we haven't sufficiently sorted out yet. This creates a much more spa [...]

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    7. Really enjoyed this book particularly because I got to take his class at the same time. Anything that felt a bit dense could be discussed. I enjoyed how I could relate 'orders of consciousness' to people in my life and kind of guess where they were at (and where I am at). In any case, it helped me realize how I (heh) make meaning and create my world and how others are doing the same. Basically the book made me more open/understanding to people in my life who generally frustrate and disappoint me [...]

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    8. Kegan is an outstanding communicator of relatively complex research on adult developmental processes. He makes the case that the modern world is requiring an ability to handle complexity that is difficult for many of us, and thus that we need to continue to grow in our capacity to be inclusive in our thinking and behaviors. I highly recommend this book for people who are serious about understanding the modern world and how we can relate to it effectively.

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    9. I'm still thinking a lot about this book. The model presented here has provided a new way for me to understand just about everything I deal with in life.

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    10. A dense and convoluted approach to constructive-developmental theory. There must be better resources that involve less of the author's ego.

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    11. Some years ago, when I proudly told my father that [The Evolving Self] was being translated into German and Korean, he said, "That's great! Now when is it going to be translated into English?"

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    12. gimmie around a decade to process what i read in this book and figure out how it affected my personal understanding but spoilers it did

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    13. The first two parts are very good.The last three parts miss context, purpose and content to make any sense to me.I only rate the parts I understood.

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    14. Kegan presents a plausible view of human nature in In Over Our Heads. He recognizes that there is a “hidden curriculum of life”, and he generally explores both sides of the issues before presenting a compromise. Kegan’s examples are specific, realistic, and moderate.Kegan begins by exploring “The Hidden Curriculum of Youth” with a story about Peter and Lynn and their teenager, Matty, who stayed out past his curfew. In answering the question “Whaddaya Want From Me?”, Kegan responds [...]

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    15. one of my first books in grad school - i highly recommend it! it helped me realize that all too often we demand more of our partner, children, co-workers, ect without considering their stage in development. from this book a learned to think about age, stages of cognitive and psychosocial development before i act - mostly with childern and young adults. hopefully it has made me a better practitioner, coach, mentor, and one day parent!

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    16. It is pretty dense, but it is the book that changed my life and opened my eyes to being truly self-reflexive. This is another book that no one should get married, have kids or start a career without going through. It'll just make things a lot clearer, I think. Really well written. I give it four stars because it's not the most accessible book for everyone. But if you get yourself to stick through it, your life will change.

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    17. Interesting book about developmental psychology that argues that we expect our bosses/managers and other people around us to be at higher levels of development than is reasonable considering the percentages of the population that actually reach the higher levels. I gave it three stars because it is written a bit too dryly and bogs down in places.

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    18. This book started me on an important journey to understand adult development. It is not an easy read, but this is because it is not an easy subject to get your head around. I think it well worth the effort.

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    19. There are some great insights in this book but I feel like I'm slogging through to reach them. I am putting this book down. Perhaps it is easier to read if you are a psychologist familiar with the jargon. I found it difficult.

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    20. A book for my student development theory class. . . I don't mind the book, but I sure don't agree with everything the author says

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    21. It changed my life. Incredible read. I look forward to reading more books from the author.

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    22. knowing about ourselves is a good idea. this book will helpad on, grasshopper.

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    23. Very dense but the ideas are definitely worth the struggle.

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    24. The book that changed my life! I've given it to a few of my close friends and hope to recommend it to many more in the future.

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    25. the evolving self put to practical example

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    26. Read this one in grad school. It changes my thinking about adult development radically, but some parts are difficult to read.

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    27. Evolving Self - updated and more accessible with illustrative real-life examples Just like the Evolving self a must for all who are interested in human development

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    28. Kind of deep, and a little hard to read at times but if you're willing to go through it, there are very good nuggets.

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