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The Reciprocating Self: Human Development in Theological Perspective
On the basis of a theologically grounded understanding of the nature of persons and the self, Jack O. Balswick, Pamela Ebstyne King and Kevin S. Reimer present a model of human development that ranges across all of life's stages: infancy, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle adulthood, elder adulthood. They do this by drawing on a biblical model of relationality ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published April 28th 2005 by IVP Academic
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Some good, thought-provoking theory here, especially in the first half. I also think it provides a solid theoretical/philosophical foundation for the development of a professional counseling standard of care model that incorporates the character of God into counseling practice.
“The Reciprocating Self,” responds to and rejects the modern construct that sees the self as empty, the book provides “an alternative view of selfhood — the reciprocating self” (Balswick, King, & Reimer, Kindle Locations139-140). The empty self construct returns development theories that are fragmented and lack a unifying theorem. “Developmental teleology refers to developmental completeness or a theologically informed understanding of the goal of development” (Balswick, King, & Reimer, ...more
Jack Balswick (MA, PhD) is senior professor of sociology and family development at the Department of Marriage and Family School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, California).More about Jack O. Balswick...