The End of Development

  • John Benjafield


A recurrent theme in developmental theory has been that the process of development is intrinsically open-ended (e.g., Lerner, 1986, p.178f). The notion that development never ends has led to the kind of life-span psychology that is currently popular. Formerly, psychologists often felt differently. They sometimes talked as if one’s character is crystallized early on in life, and has a fixed structure against which one may later have to struggle. Freud (1966) is often cited in this connection. Another example is James’ (1890) famous discussion of habit.


Logical Space Golden Section Fibonacci Series Divine Proportion Superordinate Class 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Benjafield
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBrock UniversitySt. CatharinesCanada

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