Engineer publishes book on adult developmental psychology

On May 16, Kristian Stålne, researcher and senior lecturer at the Department of Materials Science and Applied Mathematics, is having a release event for his new book titled:  Vuxen men inte färdig: Vuxenutveckling – stadier av komplexitet och mening. (Approximately translated to: Adult but not completed. Adult development – stages of complexity and meaning).

Wednesday, May 16 at 17:00-19:00 in the Niagara building B2 lecture hall, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö University

Kristian’s book consists of three parts. The first part is a developmental autobiography that illustrates how a developmental journey, with accommodating crises and transformations, can be perceived from the inside. In this section, Kristian also explains why he, as a researcher with a background in engineering, set out to write a book about adult development psychology. 

The second part can be construed as a textbook introduction to the prevailing theories of adult development, with a focus on complex thinking and meaning-making. A central aspect in this is the individual’s capacity to handle increasingly complex issues and for perspective-taking, as well as a gradually developing capacity for self-reflection.

In the third part, Kristian ties the two previous sections together to show how his own personal developmental journey can be understood from an adult development perspective. The section also provides a critical discussion of the said research field. How might these insights have affected the author? In what ways do we as a society support individual development and is development as such even a desirable goal?

The book is written for a broad audience including psychologists, coaches, managers, teachers, human resources-professionals working with recruitment and leadership development, students of teaching and psychology as well as people in general who are interested in psychological perspectives on personal development.

Copies of the book can be purchased at the event for SEK 200 (regular price is SEK 248 for preorders and SEK 298 after release).

All are welcome to attend. Refreshments and sparkling wine will be served. Please RSVP via the Facebook-event or via the publisher’s website.

For more information, please contact Kristian Stålne.

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