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How Children Learn Personal and Social Adjustment


by Carolyn Tryon & William E. Henry - 1950

We may think of problems of personal-social adjustment as the resultants of two sets of forces. There are those forces which emerge from the individual himself—his purposes, desires, and needs; and there are forces which derive from the social world in which he lives. Each person experiences these as the demands, expectancies, and pressures of his environment. There is probably no moment in anyone's life when, to a greater or less degree, these two sets of dynamic forces are not interacting—even in our sleep we dream. Adjustment then cannot ever (after infancy) be a matter of simple, direct gratification of impulses and needs. It becomes a matter of integrating one's own needs and purposes with the purposes of the social world in which we live.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 49, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 51 Number 9, 1950, p. 156-182
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20172, Date Accessed: 10/18/2019 3:00:41 AM

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