Crises in Normal Personality Development
by Gordon W. Allport - 1964
One of the most wide-ranging and best known of American personality theorists, the author has long been concerned with "restoring the backbone to educational theory." That is, if education is to be successful, he believes, it must produce an adult who is self-determining and responsible, not dependent on the stimulus and incentive provided by a dominant or nurturant environment. In considering here some of the crises that take place in the normal growth process, he notes by the way a remarkable lack of influence among teachers and charges it to their reliance on a theoretical orientation that emphasizes external sources of motivation.
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