Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, by Ken Wilber

By Ken Wilber

The objective of an "integral psychology" is to honor and include each valid element of human cognizance lower than one roof. This publication provides one of many first really integrative versions of recognition, psychology, and remedy. Drawing on hundreds of thousands of sources—Eastern and Western, historic and modern—Wilber creates a mental version that incorporates waves of improvement, streams of improvement, states of cognizance, and the self, and follows the process each one from unconscious to self-conscious to superconscious. integrated within the e-book are charts correlating over 100 mental and religious colleges from world wide, together with Kabbalah, Vedanta, Plotinus, Teresa of ?vila, Aurobindo, Theosophy, and smooth theorists comparable to Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, Jane Loevinger, Lawrence Kohlberg, Carol Gilligan, Erich Neumann, and Jean Gebser. quintessential Psychology is Wilber's so much formidable mental approach up to now and is already being known as a landmark examine in human improvement.

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The Great Nest is simply a great morphogenetic field that pro­ vides a developmental space in which human potentials can unfold. The basic levels of the Great Nest are the basic waves of that unfolding: matter to body to mind to soul to spirit. We saw that these basic levels (or structures or waves) can be divided and subdivided in many legiti­ mate ways. The charts give around sixteen waves in the overall spectrum of consciousness, but these can be condensed or expanded in numerous ways, as we will continue to see throughout this presentation.

The individual starts out amoral and egocentric ("whatever I want" is what is right), moves to sociocentric ("what the group, tribe, country wants" is what is right), to postconventional (what is fair for all peoples, regardless of race, color, creed). Kohlberg's highest stage­ what he called stage seven-is "universal-spiritual" (post-postconven­ tional). Deirdre Kramer (chart 5a) has given a powerful overview of world­ view development (preformal to formal to pluralistic to integral). Kitch­ ener and King have done important and influential work on reflective judgment (from representation to relativism to synthesis; chart sa).

Therefore, in dictionary terms anyway, you could think of the develop­ ment of the Great Nest (which in individuals involves the unfolding of 20 GROUN D : THE F O UNDATION higher and more encompassing levels of consciousness) as being gener­ ally quite similar to cognitive development, as long as we understand that "cognition" or "consciousness" runs from subconscious to self­ conscious to superconscious, and that it includes interior modes of awareness j ust as much as exterior modes. The problem, as I was saying, is that "cognition" in Western psychol­ ogy came to have a very narrow meaning that excluded most of the above.

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