WHAT IS THE ADULT PSYCHOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT IN MENTAL HEALTH?

ACCREDITED SENIOR PSYCHOTHERAPIST,COUNSELLOR, CBT THERAPIST AND COMEDY WRITER -Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

As you have probably noticed, most
theories of development focus on childhood to adulthood, then have little to
say about how adults develop. Yet the desire to develop is part of human
nature. Adult psychological development, therefore, is often a result of
individual intention and effort. Other factors affecting it are change, which
introduces new influences, needs, pressures and adaptations, the desire for
fulfilment, which urges the individual to find means of self-expression and
achievement that meet his or her particular desires, and the influence of
others, such as one’s group, friends, social groups etc. each of which has its
own expectations, ways of doing things and attitudes that will influence the
individual’s development.

Schlossberg (1984) believes that it
not age that determines how we develop, but life events and our experience of
them. He identified the following issues as critical issues at any stage of our
lives:

  • 1-belonging
  • 2-feeling…

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