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Human Development: An Introduction to the Psychodynamics of Growth, Maturity and Ageing [Paperback]

Eric Rayner , Angela Joyce , James Rose , Mary Twyman , Christopher Clulow
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22 Sep 2005 158391112X 978-1583911129 4

A new edition of a classic text

This new edition of Human Development has been thoroughly revised and updated to incorporate recent developments in the field. New material is introduced on the development of a sense of self, the social self and moral development.

Beginning with a discussion of birth and childhood, the reader is lead through each of the crucial stages in human development. The authors reveal the intricate interplay between physical, emotional and psychological factors that contribute to the individual patterns of development that make each of us unique. All of the major milestones of life are covered, including adolescence, work, parenthood and old age. Employing psychoanalytic theories of development, this book reveals the richness that these ideas bring to well-known everyday phenomena.

This highly accessible and jargon-free introduction to human development combines scientific objectivity with a sensitive and sympathetic approach to the subject. It will prove invaluable to anyone involved in the helping professions.


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 4 edition (22 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158391112X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583911129
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eric Rayner is now retired. He was formerly a psychoanalyst in private practice and a training analyst at the British Institute of Psychoanalysis.

Angela Joyce is an adult and child psychoanalyst and a parent-infant psychotherapist at the Anna Freud Centre, UK

James Rose is a psychoanalyst in private practice and is a senior psychotherapist at the Brandon Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy for Young People, Kentish Town, London.

Mary Twyman is a psychoanalyst in private practice.

Christopher Clulow is Director of the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships.


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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but dated! 15 Feb 2001
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This was a textbook for the counselling course I just completed, so compulsory reading. Not the kind of book you'd pick up for a light read, but it *is* one I wish I'd read while my kids were still babies. Rayner takes the reader through all aspects of human development from birth to death. There were parts of this book which were fascinating, particularly the sections on early psychology and what can go wrong with the development and growth of self during the baby stages. I also read about behaviours I'd seen in my own (and everyone else's children!) and never really understood before. Where Rayner falls short (the book was written in the 60's) is in his assumptions about gender roles. I and many of my colleagues, found him very sexist and limited in his views on such things as working women, single parent families, and marriage. My views are still relatively consevative, so if yours are radical, this book could get you very angry! This is a good basic textbook, and would even make a good read for an interested parent, but be prepared for dated views alongside generally agreed truths about how we as people grow and mature.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fundamental Guide 20 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
Human Development

This book is an excellent introduction to human development across the whole lifespan of the human being. If you are looking for an in-depth analysis of human development, this is not the book for you. Each chapter covers the various stages of life in a sequential manner. The lay out, consequently, is clear and to the point. What makes this book so good is the fact that each particular stage in life from beginning to end is explored by different authors/therapists who are experts in their particular field.

In short this is a fundamental guide which covers the basics. If you are looking for extra insights and for further reading, there are excellent footnotes and a good solid bibliography for you to get your teeth into. A very good purchase for anyone interested in the social sciences, psychology or counselling. In sum, if you work in any of the helping services this is a worthwhile book to have on your shelves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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As Eric Rayner states in his introduction,
"...This book is ... drawn largely from knowledge gleaned from intimate, detailed emotional-verbal understanding; from therapy, casework and friendships with individual people."

While, as one other reviewer has summarised, this is not an in depth treatment of human development, it is a very insightful overview of a psychodynamic perspective on how we develop as human beings.

We often 'see' things through our own 'lens,' and much of our understanding can be inhibited by one's own assumptions, mental models or prejudice. It is well worth suspending one's prejudices to hear what these wise, caring, and very experienced observers have to say about what enables (or inhibits) human development at all stages of our lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brillant book. glad i bought it 5 April 2013
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the book was packed well to protect it, it arrived quite quickly and it is an excellent text. full marks.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I was initially shocked at the levels of homophobia and gender stereotyping inherent in this book, but ended up laughing out loud at some very judgemental and moralistic passages on sex and relationships. I showed passages of this book to friends, who were also astounded that such a volume should be required reading for counselling students on courses in 2008, which is where I came across it.
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