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The Seasons of a Woman's Life

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"A HIGHLY NUANCED PORTRAIT, in every shade of gray, of individual women negotiating the transitions of what Levinson calls early adulthood *ages 18 to 45."

*The New York Times Book Review



Nearly twenty years ago, esteemed Yale psychologist Daniel J. Levinson wrote the groundbreaking classic, The Seasons of a Man's Life, which became the stimulus for a revolution in thinking
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Paperback, 456 pages
Published February 11th 1997 by Ballantine Books (first published February 6th 1996)
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Andrea
Jul 22, 2015 Andrea rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book because the author's research was revelatory in so many ways. This book followed Season's of a Man's Life and is the last great accomplishment of Levinson's life. He spent years on this book and he pulled out threads of truth that can only be seen by looking carefully at people's common experiences. This is a study of women between the ages of 20 (or beginning at marriage) to about age 60 when they enter the "retirement" phase of life. Levinson interviewed 30 women and essent ...more
Jeanne
Nov 10, 2014 Jeanne rated it it was ok
Recommended to Jeanne by: My Life Coach
It took me a while to get through this book. It had been recommended to me by a life coach back in 2011. It took me some time to get my hands on a copy. I couldn't get it from the library. It is a textbook of sorts about an investigation of the age-linked patterns of adult development that appear to be present in both men and women. Levinson published The Seasons of a Man's Life in 1978 and discovered parallels with respect to the sexes and the "seasons" that make up our development. Levinson di ...more
Phillip Moffitt
Nov 08, 2010 Phillip Moffitt rated it it was amazing
Explores the challenges career women face in breaking down barriers in formerly “male” occupations and in balancing work-life pressures.
Lynn Ellison
Apr 01, 2013 Lynn Ellison rated it liked it
Dated, but the framework is interesting.
Anna
gerontology, about woman's aging
Allison
Jul 28, 2008 Allison rated it it was ok
Read this in Career Counseling class: I found this book to be lacking hope all the round. Although it had an interesting outline of adult development for women, it seemed as though that most of the sample stories picked lacked any sort of hope for women to ever succeed and have a fulfilled life. I would have liked to see more women willing to go after their dreams and able to balance a healthy family life as well--but I guess that's a more modern term and seeing as this was written in the eighti ...more
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