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1st Edition

Life Cycle
Psychological and Theological Perceptions

ISBN 9780789009050
Published January 19, 2000 by Routledge
194 Pages

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Book Description

Understand the spiritual and psychological stages of human life!

Life Cycle: Psychological and Theological Perceptions provides professors and students of religion, pastoral counselors, and parents with a description of human personality development from birth to death from both psychological and theological perspectives. You will examine how personalities develop and unfold as individuals grow and how they are influenced by family members and by God, helping you view the life cycle as a sacred journey. Life Cycle will help you, as a parent, to understand your children better, and as an individual, to gain a meaningful perspective of the unfolding of your own life. As a pastoral counselor, this book will help you to enlarge your comprehension of developmental problems and solutions, enabling you to better help your parishioners develop healthy spiritual identities.

Through this insightful book, you will discover the natural process of development through life-stages such as the Age of Works, the Age of Friendships, and the Age of Discovery.

This unique book will help you in your pursuit of self-discovery. Within these pages you will:

  • examine the history and theories of personality development from such theorists as Freud, Erikson, and Sullivan to get a solid foundation for understanding the process of identity formation
  • understand theological as well as psychological views of personality development.
  • realize the impact of the family unit on the development of individuals
  • learn to recognize the stages of human development and see how the integration of theology and psychology can clarify them

    Life Cycle includes a comprehensive bibliography on the subject of development, as well as beautiful and moving poems that depict personal growth to help describe new concepts and help you to better understand important identity issues. This informative book will help you clearly define the stage of life that you or the person you are trying to help is in and identify the stage where problems originated, giving you the necessary information to begin to problem solve and promote healthy spiritual and mental growth and balance.

Table of Contents


  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. The Age of Adjustment: Twenty to Forty Years
  • The Seasons of a Man’s Life
  • Women’s Lifestyles
  • Typical Characteristics
  • Chapter 2. The Age of Grace: Conception to Eighteen Months
  • Food and Love
  • Pain and Rage
  • Common Problems
  • Oral Aggression
  • Life Cycle Traits of the Age of Grace
  • Chapter 3. The Age of Works: Eighteen Months to Three Years
  • Timeliness
  • Orderliness
  • Cleanliness
  • Common Problems
  • Life Cycle Traits of the Age of Works
  • Chapter 4. The Age of Family Romance: Three to Six Years
  • Forbidden Fruit
  • The Oedipus Myth
  • Jacob and Esau
  • Influences on Personality Development
  • Chapter 5. The Age of Friendships: Six to Ten Years
  • Developmental Tasks
  • Physical Characteristics
  • Mental Characteristics
  • Social Characteristics
  • Religious Characteristics
  • Chapter 7. The Age of Discovery: Ten to Thirteen Years
  • Secondary Sex Characteristics
  • Chapter 8. The Age of Conservation: Sixty to Seventy Years
  • Physical Characteristics
  • Intellectual Characteristics
  • Social Characteristics
  • Religious Characteristics
  • Chapter 10. The Age of Retirement: Seventy Until Death
  • Retirement
  • Health
  • The Very Old
  • Sexuality
  • Spiritual Interests
  • Dying: The Final Stage of Life
  • Chapter 11. The Family Life Cycle
  • Chapter 12. History and Theories of Personality Development
  • Biblical Ideas of Wholeness
  • Philosophical Notions of Dualism
  • Psychological Concepts of Learning
  • Psychoanalytical Principles of Dynamics
  • Summary
  • Landmarks of Life
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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Richard L Dayringer