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The Evolving Self focuses upon the most basic and universal of psychological problems--the individual's effort to make sense of experience, to make meaning of life. According to Robert Kegan, meaning-making is a lifelong activity that begins in earliest infancy and continues to evolve through a series of stages encompassing childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The Evolvi The Evolving Self focuses upon the most basic and universal of psychological problems--the individual's effort to make sense of experience, to make meaning of life. According to Robert Kegan, meaning-making is a lifelong activity that begins in earliest infancy and continues to evolve through a series of stages encompassing childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The Evolving Self describes this process of evolution in rich and human detail, concentrating especially on the internal experience of growth and transition, its costs and disruptions as well as its triumphs. At the heart of our meaning-making activity, the book suggests, is the drawing and redrawing of the distinction between self and other. Using Piagetian theory in a creative new way to make sense of how we make sense of ourselves, Kegan shows that each meaning-making stage is a new solution to the lifelong tension between the universal human yearning to be connected, attached, and included, on the one hand, and to be distinct, independent, and autonomous on the other. The Evolving Self is the story of our continuing negotiation of this tension. It is a book that is theoretically daring enough to propose a reinterpretation of the Oedipus complex and clinically concerned enough to suggest a variety of fresh new ways to treat those psychological complaints that commonly arise in the course of development. Kegan is an irrepressible storyteller, an impassioned opponent of the health-and-illness approach to psychological distress, and a sturdy builder of psychological theory. His is an original and distinctive new voice in the growing discussion of human development across the life span.


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The Evolving Self focuses upon the most basic and universal of psychological problems--the individual's effort to make sense of experience, to make meaning of life. According to Robert Kegan, meaning-making is a lifelong activity that begins in earliest infancy and continues to evolve through a series of stages encompassing childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The Evolvi The Evolving Self focuses upon the most basic and universal of psychological problems--the individual's effort to make sense of experience, to make meaning of life. According to Robert Kegan, meaning-making is a lifelong activity that begins in earliest infancy and continues to evolve through a series of stages encompassing childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. The Evolving Self describes this process of evolution in rich and human detail, concentrating especially on the internal experience of growth and transition, its costs and disruptions as well as its triumphs. At the heart of our meaning-making activity, the book suggests, is the drawing and redrawing of the distinction between self and other. Using Piagetian theory in a creative new way to make sense of how we make sense of ourselves, Kegan shows that each meaning-making stage is a new solution to the lifelong tension between the universal human yearning to be connected, attached, and included, on the one hand, and to be distinct, independent, and autonomous on the other. The Evolving Self is the story of our continuing negotiation of this tension. It is a book that is theoretically daring enough to propose a reinterpretation of the Oedipus complex and clinically concerned enough to suggest a variety of fresh new ways to treat those psychological complaints that commonly arise in the course of development. Kegan is an irrepressible storyteller, an impassioned opponent of the health-and-illness approach to psychological distress, and a sturdy builder of psychological theory. His is an original and distinctive new voice in the growing discussion of human development across the life span.

30 review for The Evolving Self: Problem and Process in Human Development

  1. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Pearson

    Kegan spent his career at Harvard studying psychological development. The Evolving Self outlines his model for human psychological development. I found the model insightful and the writing tight which is an unusual combination (you usually get one of the two, at best). The book focuses on the process of meaning-making, a lifelong activity that begins in infancy and continues through adulthood, a contrast to Freudian understandings of psychology which tend to be more static and focus on childhood Kegan spent his career at Harvard studying psychological development. The Evolving Self outlines his model for human psychological development. I found the model insightful and the writing tight which is an unusual combination (you usually get one of the two, at best). The book focuses on the process of meaning-making, a lifelong activity that begins in infancy and continues through adulthood, a contrast to Freudian understandings of psychology which tend to be more static and focus on childhood experiences while downplaying the ability for people to continue to evolve through life. The heart of meaning-making is the drawing and re-drawing of the distinction between self and other. I picked up the book after reading a summary which explained that many adults get stuck at Stage 3 (communal) where they identify themselves and what is right/wrong with their immediate community and are unable to transition to Stage 4 (systematic) where they can see justice, responsibility, and principles as something systemic and outside of their immediate social group. This rang true as did the observation that many get stuck in the Stage 4-Stage 5 transition and fall into a nihilistic worldview because they can’t transition from a systemic to a more fluid understanding of self and other. I’ve found Kegan’s five-stage framework helpful for better understanding my own choices and the choices around me and understanding how to discuss those choices through a lens that makes sense to them.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nancymaguire

    I have read this book about five times. It continues to influence my thinking and lead me towards integration, of ideas, theories and the practice of psychology with human evolution.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sian Jaimi

    I found this to be hard work but deeply fascinating.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Read for my Adult Development class. Not a light read at all but thought provoking if you can get over rereading a paragraph three times.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Nelson

    Really powerful ideas about what it means to be human (to be one who makes meaning), how that process of development defines our maturation and psychology. Rather than a given mode of thinking, we are best understood by being in a state of change, evolution, growth. It’s not the specific or current content, but the process of meaning making that we all share and that defines our being. I thought his stages of development, the idea of equilibrium, and the discussion of transition between states ( Really powerful ideas about what it means to be human (to be one who makes meaning), how that process of development defines our maturation and psychology. Rather than a given mode of thinking, we are best understood by being in a state of change, evolution, growth. It’s not the specific or current content, but the process of meaning making that we all share and that defines our being. I thought his stages of development, the idea of equilibrium, and the discussion of transition between states (and the loss it includes as well as the new objectivity it gains) was fascinating. I also think there is a lot to be considered by those who make up the environments within which one develops (e.g., parents/institutions/workplaces/religions) for how they support development (both by validating and contradicting a person). The challenge of the book was its dense-ness. Quite difficult to get through. I had to re-read passages often and was glad I did because it was really good once I “got it,” but it was tough. Couldn’t read if at all tired, and honestly it helped me fall asleep a couple times. I would love to see more hard data validating the theory. I’ve read up externally on critiques of the theory and they sum essentially to “it’s too complex to be accessible by most” (amen) and “it’s too complex to be easily tested in large scale quantitative ways.” Makes sense. The qualitative, theoretical, and logical nature of it is very strong - it rings true - but some better data wouldn’t go amiss.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Savanah Gray

    This is not a light read. The book takes awhile to get through but is worth the effort. Kegan presents evolutionary psychology as the outcome of Piaget's stages of development. He carefully constructs and describes the stages of the leaders of the field and then carefully pulls each stage together to describe them as a stage or transition a person is working through in their search to make meaning in their lives. Due to the subject of this book, it is not necessary to be in the field of psycholo This is not a light read. The book takes awhile to get through but is worth the effort. Kegan presents evolutionary psychology as the outcome of Piaget's stages of development. He carefully constructs and describes the stages of the leaders of the field and then carefully pulls each stage together to describe them as a stage or transition a person is working through in their search to make meaning in their lives. Due to the subject of this book, it is not necessary to be in the field of psychology to understand the principals within it; although it is fair to say that those within the filed may have a better go of reading this. As someone seeking a degree in Biological Anthropology, I was incredibly surprised to the the external cultures one lives in as well as the family and intimate unit, presented with a cultural understanding as well. There is something for everyone who reads this book and I will add this to my shelves to use in my own life. I recommend this book to anyone, but want to stress that it requires work and dedicated time.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fiona McDonald

    I feel like running a victory lap. This was a really difficult book to read because it was so packed full of ideas and concepts. It’s a work of genus though and thoroughly worth it. So much of this work made a lot things make sense. Like why workplaces can be so dispiriting and why some people more than others are sooooo difficult to connect with. Let alone why personal troughs happen when and how they do. I would be fascinated to find out how much has been validated and how this connects to muc I feel like running a victory lap. This was a really difficult book to read because it was so packed full of ideas and concepts. It’s a work of genus though and thoroughly worth it. So much of this work made a lot things make sense. Like why workplaces can be so dispiriting and why some people more than others are sooooo difficult to connect with. Let alone why personal troughs happen when and how they do. I would be fascinated to find out how much has been validated and how this connects to much of the work in positive psychology.

  8. 4 out of 5

    KB

    This is a brilliant book merging the philosophical, psychological and biological ways of understanding human development. It will not be for everyone — its not a light read and particularly for those not already steeped in psychology it requires patience and some hard work. It was worth the work though as Kegan unveils a compassionate and engrossing look at how human beings grow in our ability to make meaning in the world and what it means to really 'meet someone where they are.' This is a brilliant book merging the philosophical, psychological and biological ways of understanding human development. It will not be for everyone — its not a light read and particularly for those not already steeped in psychology it requires patience and some hard work. It was worth the work though as Kegan unveils a compassionate and engrossing look at how human beings grow in our ability to make meaning in the world and what it means to really 'meet someone where they are.'

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jodi McMaster

    Reading the book is a slog for a non-psych major, but the insights are worth the work.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ivaylo Durmonski

    If you consider yourself a smart dude, you won’t like this book. Your grammar skills will be tested to the extreme by the sophisticated words used inside. I was personally challenged to understand what the author was trying to say throughout most of the text. On top of that, I often skipped sections and felt asleep. Not intentionally, but because I wasn’t simply getting what Rober wanted to say and my attention quickly wandered. Yet, the elegant, but complex words and statements, were not enough If you consider yourself a smart dude, you won’t like this book. Your grammar skills will be tested to the extreme by the sophisticated words used inside. I was personally challenged to understand what the author was trying to say throughout most of the text. On top of that, I often skipped sections and felt asleep. Not intentionally, but because I wasn’t simply getting what Rober wanted to say and my attention quickly wandered. Yet, the elegant, but complex words and statements, were not enough to stop me from finishing the book. What Robert Kegan gathered in The Evolving Self is staggering. As a fan of human psychology and a lifelong learner of personal behavior, reading this book was like giving candy to a baby. I was able to understand so much about how the minds of the infants work that it will be hard to tell you all about it in this summary. You simply have to read the book. But be warned, the text is really complicated to grasp. First, I thought it was just me. But once I read reviews I realized that I’m not the only one struggling with sentences like: “But how did our four-year-olds come to find themselves in this predicament in the first place? How did they get embedded in their perceptions? Why do they get disembedded? And what does disembedding do to the subject-object balance?” Key takeaway? You’re not the relationship with other people. You’re not the stuff you have around. You simply have these things. If you give too much attention to the objects around, they’ll cage you. You need to separate yourself from your environment (the stuff around) to find meaning. Read more: https://durmonski.com/book-summaries/...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nick Brown

    I read this book because David Chapman (https://meaningness.com/further-reading) recommended it as: Robert Kegan’s The Evolving Self is the most sophisticated explanation I’ve found of the ways we relate self and other, and the ways we relate to our selves. The book strikes many readers as a major revelation. It’s not only intellectually fascinating, making sense of so much of our lives—it’s also useful in practice as a guide to radical personal transformation. Other readers find nothing meaning I read this book because David Chapman (https://meaningness.com/further-reading) recommended it as: Robert Kegan’s The Evolving Self is the most sophisticated explanation I’ve found of the ways we relate self and other, and the ways we relate to our selves. The book strikes many readers as a major revelation. It’s not only intellectually fascinating, making sense of so much of our lives—it’s also useful in practice as a guide to radical personal transformation. Other readers find nothing meaningful in it. Tentatively, I suspect that’s not because they miss the point, but because Kegan’s framework simply doesn’t apply to everyone. No radical personal transformations on my end but an interesting framework and a few other neat points: - Emotional Conflict as a means of internal conversation. - Depressive sleep disturbance, people reliably sleep a lot (hypersomniac) or the don't sleep much at all (hypervigilant) as a defence mechanism. If the world is dangerous you need to stay awake if the self is dangerous you need to stay asleep. - Also people with eating disorders deriving all their meaning/self-worth from physical appearance so anorexia can be seen as triumph of self control over very basic impulses. an interesting perspective. I certainly don't have that much self control. :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tom Check

    Would make a great textbook for psychologists/counsellors/therapists with lots of anecdotal examples of differing developmental stages. Never is there a concise or clear description of each stage to work from, instead the reader must draw it out of anecdotes and the prose of kegan. It's like kegan viewed this as more of a novel, needing to string the reader along and give only tidbits at a time so that the reader could stay engaged. Not what I like in my non-fiction books, especially if I'm read Would make a great textbook for psychologists/counsellors/therapists with lots of anecdotal examples of differing developmental stages. Never is there a concise or clear description of each stage to work from, instead the reader must draw it out of anecdotes and the prose of kegan. It's like kegan viewed this as more of a novel, needing to string the reader along and give only tidbits at a time so that the reader could stay engaged. Not what I like in my non-fiction books, especially if I'm reading for fun.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Brennan

    This book took a false start to be ready for but once I committed to it I was hooked. While previously unfamiliar with Kegan’s work and the constructive-development approach to psychology and development this book has reshaped some of my thinking but more importantly given me a language and framework to consolidate meaning I have already been making.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    the content is great, though hard for me to get through. He talks in a convoluted fashion that makes digestion difficult. Wishing there was a transcription easier to understand. I prefer reading articles on his discovery on 5 stages. Also curious about stages beyond 5 when we move to witness consciousness.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    An interesting snapshot in the history of cognitive developmental psychology, of which I know very little. I'm not sure where this book lives in the development of this field, but it seems a little too old and a little to friendly with Freud to be up-to-date. I read it to better understand the idea of subject-object relationships, and for that it was helpful! An interesting snapshot in the history of cognitive developmental psychology, of which I know very little. I'm not sure where this book lives in the development of this field, but it seems a little too old and a little to friendly with Freud to be up-to-date. I read it to better understand the idea of subject-object relationships, and for that it was helpful!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I know this book has been around a long time and I probably should have read it long ago...but I am glad I got to it eventually. It gave me lots to think about in terms of human development and how we evolve to make meaning as we work through the tensions between differentiation and connection.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Deep

    Challenging and dense read for those interested in adult development, and the process of meaning making.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    A seminole work though less practical than some of his others.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nenad Ukić

    Very hard to read, but worth the effort.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    One of the best ever about this subject.

  21. 4 out of 5

    culley

    This book is dense and not very readable. That said, it is a fantastic and fascinating look at human development, mapping psychological stages over Piaget’s cognitive stages, and Kohlberg’s Moral stages. Each of Kegan’s stages represent a way in which people construct meaning for themselves, and they also represent holding environments in which people can find balance. When parenting or being with people in crisis it is helpful to consider what sort of holding environment is potentially benefici This book is dense and not very readable. That said, it is a fantastic and fascinating look at human development, mapping psychological stages over Piaget’s cognitive stages, and Kohlberg’s Moral stages. Each of Kegan’s stages represent a way in which people construct meaning for themselves, and they also represent holding environments in which people can find balance. When parenting or being with people in crisis it is helpful to consider what sort of holding environment is potentially beneficial. These stages oscillate between the poles of intimacy and autonomy. Personhood is seen as constantly evolving, constantly in flux, and this seems almost obvious to me. I have gathered enough insight from this book to add it to my favorites list. Sample Reading notes: 107 - intimacy and autonomy are the two great yearnings of humanity. - the yearning to be included, to be a part of, close to, joined with, to be held, admitted accompanied - intimacy. The yearning to be independent or autonomous, to experience one’s distinctness, the self-chosenness of one’s directions, one’s individual integrity. - the fearful flip sides of intimacy and autonomy - fear of being completely unseparate, of being swallowed up and taken over. The fear of being totally separate of being utterly alone, abandoned and remote beyond recall. - these yearnings seem to be in conflict, but they are relation, they are a tension. Our experience of this fundamental ambivalence may be our experience of the unitary restless, creative motion of life itself. 108 - the process of biological evolution involves a balance between differentiation and integration— these are physical components to the emotional ideas of autonomy and intimacy. - every developmental stage is an evolutionary truce— it sets the terms on the fundamental issue as to how differentiated the organism is from its life-surrounding and how embedded it is. A temporary solution balancing the yearnings for inclusion and distinctness. - the balances are temporary because they are all slightly imbalanced. 109 - in our culture differentiation is favored in the language of growth and development, while integration gets spoken of in terms of dependency and immaturity. - with each new stage we revisit old issues but at a whole new level of complexity. 142 - the two greatest yearnings of human life may be the yearning for inclusion (to be welcomed in, next to, held, connected with, a part of) and the yearning for distinctness (to be autonomous, independent, to experience my own agency, the self-chosenness of my purpose) - every evolutionary truce sets the terms on differentiation and integration. - the impulsive balance (balance 1) is a temporary resolution on behalf of integration; its central hopes and yearnings are hopes about the other. The balance to come, on the other side of the 5-7 shift, on the other side of the oedipal crisis, is a temporary resolution on behalf of differentiation. 143 - this shift from an overly integrated balance to an overly differentiated one is repeated later in life, usually in late adolescence or early adulthood (interpersonal to institutional, 3-4). - how the small child navigates this first growth and loss of a full-blown yearning for inclusion must certainly have consequences for its future orientation for this side of life’s motion. - the person is faced with the need to take leave of his or her young child. The question is where the child goes. - it is arguable that the roles parents play at this time in the child’s development are in part human embodiments for the child of each of the two fundamental yearnings which the child itself experiences. 144 - men have tended toward overdifferentiation and women toward overintegration - one of the most important functions of culture is to set limits on the child’s behavior 145 - without contraries there is no progression - william blake - the best limit-setting is not merely about prevention, control, or the application of authority; it is about the exercise of just those preventions, controls or authorities which we can reasonably assume the developing person to take on her own. 147 - the cookie monster is both monstrous and unterrifying 148 - children need limits, we say; but what they need most of all is a kind of intimate participation in their personal experience of evolution - Nightmares and fears of bogeymen in the dark may also be a function of having loosed oneself from one’s impulses, notly to have them now uncontrolled and capable of coming after one. - nightmares are a part of the natural phenomenology of evolutionary change.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Maguire

    I'm very conflicted about this book. in the abstract, it's a fascinating study of human cognitive evolution as a continuous function -- though of its accuracy I'm not entirely convinced. In hindsight, it appears to explain a huge number of phenomena from my past relationships which at the time I considered almost inherently mystifying -- however, the strength of a theory is not how well it fits the past, but how well it predicts the future. Unfortunately, Kegan seems almost enamored with Freud, I'm very conflicted about this book. in the abstract, it's a fascinating study of human cognitive evolution as a continuous function -- though of its accuracy I'm not entirely convinced. In hindsight, it appears to explain a huge number of phenomena from my past relationships which at the time I considered almost inherently mystifying -- however, the strength of a theory is not how well it fits the past, but how well it predicts the future. Unfortunately, Kegan seems almost enamored with Freud, and attempts to fit as many of his own models to agree with Freud's. Kegan's lack of skepticism in this regard strikes me as ominous; I can only wonder how much skepticism he has applied to his own models. While this not an explicit reason to disbelieve Kegan's theory of cognitive development, it is certainly sets off loud alarms. Most of the book's arguments come anecdotally, with a startlingly small sample size -- the majority of the book focuses on only three individuals, though Kegan says the theory itself is derived from "interviews with over 40 patients". Perhaps most damningly, the book relies *far* too heavily on large, incomprehensible tables spanning multiple pages with no visible signs of organization. Though he does not formalize it as such, Kegan's theory seems to implicitly model human cognitive as a continuous oscillatory function, mapping from time to an axis of ego-differentiation/integration. Kegan states that these are opposite sides of the same coin, and strongly suggests that the ideal balance is the equilibrium between the two. The book offers some actionable advice on how to inspire transition between the cognitive stages, and how to notice the transition when it occurs. Furthermore, it suggests the reason that we are sometimes completely unable to see others' arguments is that they are aimed at a level we are not able to comprehend, let alone appreciate. The final section of the book consists of advice for psychologists; it is entirely skippable for those of use who are not professional psychologists, and, though I am not an expert in the field, I would suspect it is indeed skipple for everyone entirely. In conclusion: if you're interested in this book, read the Wikipedia page instead. You'll save yourself a lot of time and headache.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I am so glad I came across this book. It is performing this crucial role in my life right now, providing exactly the ideas i needed to allow conversation between the stuff I worry about in my personal life and the problems I'm trying to work out in my writing. I think everyone should read it. Kegan's topic is development, but unlike most developmental psychologists, he doesn't stop at adolescence. He breaks down all the data collected by his predecessors to build a convincing argument of what's g I am so glad I came across this book. It is performing this crucial role in my life right now, providing exactly the ideas i needed to allow conversation between the stuff I worry about in my personal life and the problems I'm trying to work out in my writing. I think everyone should read it. Kegan's topic is development, but unlike most developmental psychologists, he doesn't stop at adolescence. He breaks down all the data collected by his predecessors to build a convincing argument of what's going on when, say, an infant begins to realize that a toy hidden under a box is still "there," or when a seven year old, who recently accepted the idea that a stuffed animal could turn into Barney, takes on a nerdy sneer and starts critiquing the unrealistic portrayal of dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. In Kegan's system, these modes of relating to the world are determined by the person's stage in the life process of defining the self against the exterior world. In other words, who is the "I" that I cannot stand outside of and think about? Most interestingly, Kegan continues the system into adulthood. It's some serious food for thought for anyone who isn't convinced that they or most of the adults around them are done growing up. I think it's one of the great systematic books of philosophy I've ever read. This was one of those rare books that I just devoured. Kegan comes through as this caring, thoughtful, funny guy, and his prose goes down like butter. P.S. This isn't new age hoity-toity, the guy's a Harvard don.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tony duncan

    An excellent book by a very insightful psychologist. I have met him at Transformative learning conferences and he is both open and willing to acknowledge mistakes. he is one of the psychologist who understadns the importanc eof childhood development. so that gives his view much more credence in my view he focuses partly on the difficulties on getting people to really communicate honestly. How there coems a point where things get hard emotionally and someone decides it is not worth it. The difficult An excellent book by a very insightful psychologist. I have met him at Transformative learning conferences and he is both open and willing to acknowledge mistakes. he is one of the psychologist who understadns the importanc eof childhood development. so that gives his view much more credence in my view he focuses partly on the difficulties on getting people to really communicate honestly. How there coems a point where things get hard emotionally and someone decides it is not worth it. The difficulty of people taking risks in relationships that might cause them to change in ways they are scared of. he talks a lot about stages of development, and that is all fine and good, but it is n the places where there are difficulties that he really shines

  25. 4 out of 5

    Willa

    This is a stunning work, not so easy to read (it took me reading it twice to really absorb the genius of it). Kegan re-contextualises Piaget, bringing out his passion for Human Emergence, and then goes on to build on that, in his wake showing why Freud's views are completely dated, and how we could revolutionise field of Psychology: from the science that explains how to 'fix' our lives by going back to illusory security, to understanding our lives as a process, driven by the mysterious drive we This is a stunning work, not so easy to read (it took me reading it twice to really absorb the genius of it). Kegan re-contextualises Piaget, bringing out his passion for Human Emergence, and then goes on to build on that, in his wake showing why Freud's views are completely dated, and how we could revolutionise field of Psychology: from the science that explains how to 'fix' our lives by going back to illusory security, to understanding our lives as a process, driven by the mysterious drive we have to evolve.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    This book was a sustained argument for paradigmatic, developmental theory. Kegan draws heavily from Piaget's cognitive developmental stages (as well as Kohlberg's and others' contributions) to propose a life-span developmental theory in five stages. Each incorporates a manner of "meaning-making", a paradigm that the stage employs to make sense of the world. It is fascinating to read, though occasionally bogged down in psych jargon. This book was a sustained argument for paradigmatic, developmental theory. Kegan draws heavily from Piaget's cognitive developmental stages (as well as Kohlberg's and others' contributions) to propose a life-span developmental theory in five stages. Each incorporates a manner of "meaning-making", a paradigm that the stage employs to make sense of the world. It is fascinating to read, though occasionally bogged down in psych jargon.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sidney Luckett

    Kegan discusses a broad range of developmental issues with profound insight, sensitivity and clarity. He is, in Ken Wilber's words, "everybody's favourite son" ...what more can one say The Evolving Self is his first and in my view his best book. Kegan discusses a broad range of developmental issues with profound insight, sensitivity and clarity. He is, in Ken Wilber's words, "everybody's favourite son" ...what more can one say The Evolving Self is his first and in my view his best book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Daum

    This may end up being the most influential thing I've read in my adult life. I feel drawn to this book in ways I can't even describe yet. It's so rich, I think I could read it many times and still be finding new wisdom. In fact, I plan to. This may end up being the most influential thing I've read in my adult life. I feel drawn to this book in ways I can't even describe yet. It's so rich, I think I could read it many times and still be finding new wisdom. In fact, I plan to.

  29. 4 out of 5

    David

    what so many novels are about in psychological terms

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ximena

    Wow. . . Kegan is my main reference for psychology, love his writing and his theory.

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