Sometimes we feel confused and blocked in our adult development journey, in our life. What’s my next step? This difficult feeling is a signal that we need to stop and reflect: Where am I right now? Where do I come from? Where do I want to go? This is also an opportunity to reconsider our world view, our perspective by distinguishing what comes from others in our system of values and beliefs, what is our authentic, unique aspiration as an human beeing, and how we can integrate both in a next step of our development?
Therefore, we need a map to help us, we need an orientation. In this article, meet 2 researchers in adult development who work on a concept that can give us some elements of the answer.
Jennifer Garvey Berger is an expert in Adult Developement and Growth. She is the author of the book Changing on the Job: Developing Leaders for a Complex World. In his book, Jennifer develops the notion of Adult Developement Map which was introduced first by Robert Kegan, developmental psychologist and Harvard Professor in Adult Learning and Professional Development. This Map consists of 4 different stages:
- Self soveraign mind
- Socialized mind
- Self authored mind
- Self transformed mind
Watch this video where Jennifer explains briefly the concept of Adult Developement Map and its 4 stages. Try to identify in which phase you’re currently! 🙂
Adult Developement Map: 4 Different Stages
Go further with Robert Kegan: The Evolution of the Self
If the concept of adult development passionates you and would like to go further, learn from the professor Robert Kegan by watching this insightful interview: