Integral Theory is described as a “nondual” developmental paradigm, where ontology and epistemology are paired constructively, and in which developing consciousness is sourced by thought, feeling, and states of consciousness. Emotional and cognitive development intertwine within ego development, and ego is defined by its coordinating and self-identifying functions. Following a review of the literature on emotions and emotional development, criteria are proposed for preconventional, conventional, and post-conventional levels of emotional development.
JOANNE RUBIN, Ph.D., is Co-Director of the Integral Mentors and Ministers Program at One Spirit Learning Alliance in New York City. Also in private practice for over 30 years, she has been developing integral applications to psychotherapy. She writes on emotional development and ego development, using Integral Theory to expand psychodynamic/ psychoanalytic theory toward later stages of development, and has presented papers on these subjects at the 2008 and 2010 Integral Theory Conferences in Pleasant Hill, California.