The Development of Logic in Adulthood

Postformal Thought and Its Applications

  • Jan D. Sinnott

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-10
  3. The Theory

  4. Some Research to Support the Theory

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      Pages 115-115
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  5. Applications of the Theory of Postformal Thought at Home and in the “Big Picture”

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      Pages 193-193
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  6. The Next Steps

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      Pages 311-311
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 331-372

About this book


In this book Jan D. Sinnott synthesizes her 20 years of research on lifespan cognitive development to describe the growth of complex (or `postformal') thought in adults. She shows specifically how adults improve mentally over a lifetime and learn to think in more complex and wiser ways. Applications of postformal thought are demonstrated in such diverse areas as - family relations - adult education - personal identity - and spirituality. Chapters examine relations between postformal thought and pertinent variables such as age, health, memory, and vocabulary. Other sections deal with issues in humanistic psychology such as - guided imagery - mind - body medicine - and creative intentionality.


Emotion Thought development intervention mind psychology

Authors and affiliations

  • Jan D. Sinnott
    • 1
  1. 1.Towson UniversityBaltimoreUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-3286-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4757-2911-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-709X
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