Polarities in Human Development

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eena Sharma and Corey deVos explore the important relationship between polarities and adult development — and how polarity thinking not only helps accelerate our development toward integral stages of maturity, but also helps us to be more of ourselves, wherever we happen to be in our developmental trajectory.

Beena and Corey are also joined by Susanne Cook Greuter, who offers her own thoughts around the fascinating intersection between polarity thinking and her own models of ego development.

“The whole purpose of this is that, if you can name it — and if this lens helps you to understand what’s going on — then you can integrate it within yourself, and you can support that integration in others, implicitly and/or explicitly.

So one of the biggest advantages or benefits of this work is, as we use the map to measure people’s stage of development, we also look at the polarities that show up in their map assessment. We look at the polarities that show up naturally at a particular stage of development. And now we have a tool to coach people, to do developmental coaching based on polarities. Sometimes we are coaching them to integrate a polarity at their stage and be more whole, and sometimes we are coaching them to embrace another pole, which actually will give them the impetus to step into the next stage, to begin to experiment.”

—Beena Sharma

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Beena Sharma

About Beena Sharma

Beena Sharma is President of the Vertical Development Academy, and an international consultant committed to serving leaders and organizations in their growth endeavors. . Beena is a Certified MAP Scorer, Certified Leadership Maturity Coach and certifying Master Coach. Beena is a lead facilitator of the VeDA Coach Certification Program and consults with organizations interested in implementing vertical development. Beena is trained in Polarity Thinking at the Mastery level and integrates that expertise in her coaching and consulting practice.

Susanne Cook-Greuter

About Susanne Cook-Greuter

Dr. Susanne Cook-Greuter, born in Switzerland, is an internationally known authority on mature adult development, continuing the work of developmental pioneer Jane Loevinger. Her thesis, Postautonomous Ego Development (1999), is a landmark study in the characteristics and assessment of highly developed and influential individuals and leaders. She holds a doctorate in education from Harvard University, and is also a founding member of Integral Institute.

Corey deVos

About Corey deVos

Corey W. deVos is editor and producer of Integral Life. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996. Corey is also a professional woodworker, and many of his artworks can be found in his VisionLogix art gallery.