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In Over Our Heads

The Mental Demands of Modern Life

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$36.50 • £29.95 • €33.00

ISBN 9780674445888

Publication Date: 07/21/1998


416 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

12 line illustrations, 13 tables


  • Prologue
  • I. The Mental Demand of Adolescence
    • 1. The Hidden Curriculum of Youth: “Whaddaya Want from Me?”
    • 2. Coaching the Curriculum: A Bridge Must Be Well Anchored on Either Side
  • II. The Mental Demand of Private Life: Parenting and Partnering
    • 3. Parenting: Minding Our Children
    • 4. Partnering: Love and Consciousness
  • III. The Mental Demand of Public Life: Work and Self-Expansion
    • 5. Working: On Seeking to Hire the Self-Employed
    • 6. Dealing with Difference: Communication between the Sexes/Communication between the Theories
    • 7. Healing: The Undiscussed Demands of Psychotherapy
    • 8. Learning: “The Teacher Wants Us to Be Self-Directing”
  • IV. The Mental Demand of Postmodern Life
    • 9. Conflict, Leadership, and Knowledge Creation
    • 10. On Being Good Company for the Wrong Journey
  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Index

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