Polarities and Ego Development

Applications in Theory and Practice

1 hour 26 mins
By Susanne Cook-Greuter and Beena Sharma

The maturing ego at later stages becomes spontaneously aware of the very nature of polarities as an unavoidable aspect of understanding in the relative realm. The practice of embracing polarities and paradox with equanimity helps to expand consciousness and is one of the portals beyond suffering.

The Developing Ego as the Seat of Localized Awareness

By Joanne Rubin

What “ego” is transcended in post-personal development? What gets transcended, included, preserved, negated? It depends upon how you define ego, and all definitions are not alike.

Toward an Integral Treatment Methodology for Schizophrenia

Published: January 1, 2007
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By Kelly Bearer

The treatment of schizophrenia has been largely divided into two opposing viewpoints: the medical model and the biopsychosocial model. The medical model treats schizophrenic symptomatology with anti-psychotic medications. The biopsychosocial model is a more holistic approach that considers the physical, psychological, and social functioning of the individual. This article examines these two approaches and offers a third approach, an Integral approach, which transcends and includes both the medical and the biopsychosocial approach.

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Overview, Response Strategies, and Integral Theory

Published: September 1, 2007
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By Heather Larkin and John Records

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been involved in an ongoing collaboration with Kaiser Permanente’s Department of Preventive Medicine, where they have designed a large study exploring the role of “adverse childhood experiences” (ACEs) on social and health outcomes later in life. Integral Theory is used to explain ACEs as an underlying syndrome, and an Integral Restorative Process is presented as a useful and flexible intervention model to guide a comprehensive and effective response.

Promoting Thriving for Therapists

An Integral Perspective

Published: December 1, 2008
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By Vivian Baruch

This article explores the use of Integral Theory to promote thriving and well-being for therapists. As fatigue is an all-quadrant issue, the dimensions of care for therapists must encompass all quadrants, levels, lines, states, and types through the creation of an individualized Integral Life Practice.

Transcending and Including our Current Way of Being

An Introduction to Integral Coaching

Published: January 1, 2009
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By Joanne Hunt

This article provides an introduction to the Integral Coaching® method developed by Joanne Hunt and Laura Divine, founders of Integral Coaching Canada, Inc. A brief introduction to the field of coaching is offered using the four quadrants to appreciate the underlying assumptions of how change occurs and how schools of coaching have approached the rapidly growing field of adult development.