Stages of Development

October 28, 2007 at 8:11 pm Leave a comment

I have added a new page to the site.  It presents the stages of ego development by psychology researcher Jane Loevinger.  It’s been extremely helpful when trying to determine what’s appropriate behavior; what concepts can they reasonably understand; am I being too demanding in my expectations, etc. 

The list also incorporates Kolberg’s stages of moral development, to show that different developmental researchers have developed similar stages but with different emphases.

What is fascinating to me is that “It is also not possible to ‘jump’ forward stages; each stage provides a new yet necessary perspective, and is more comprehensive, differentiated, and integrated than its predecessors.”  Each stage “transcends and includes” the prior stages.

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