Existential Time and the Meaning of Human Development

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Abstract

Developmental psychology, primarily the history of child psychology and education, broadened to include theories of the stages of life and the lifespan, acknowledges a linear concept of growth, omitting a nonlinear axis representing self-actualization, which can occur at any stage in one's development. This article explores the phenomenology of consciousness, its meaning for human development, and its implications for psychological science through an exposition of the selected writings of Nicholas Berdyaev, Alan Watts, and Carl Rogers. These visionary works serve as a portal to view human development and the methods of psychological inquiry through the lens of existential philosophy and Buddhist epistemology.

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