Thursday, January 29, 2015
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PST
Conversation with Susanne Cook-Greuter and Terri O'Fallon
Two elders of the Integral Community, Susanne Cook-Greuter and Terri O’Fallon, will explore the later stages of adult development that many people are attracted to; some seem to want to wake up more than to grow up. Others want to grow up rather than wake up. Terri and Susanne both emphasize the importance of early and conventional stages in the process of the maturing human.
Terri is concerned with three primary areas: 1) healing shadow at all levels of development which supports a healthy embodied life at any level of development; 2) the integration of states and stages; and 3) repeating patterns that iterate from early childhood stages, to conventional stages, to later levels, which allows one to see the up-shifts that the body/mind/spirit revisits in healthy and unhealthy manifestations.
Susanne’s focus is on the integration of all levels in each individual. Her ego development theory describes the benefits of broader perspectives and the new suffering that accompanies transformation both during the process of growth and as a consequence of seeing, feeling and noticing more discrepancies, more injustice and more subtle ways to fool oneself with increasing awareness.
Some well-known stage theories idealize later stages, projecting upwards what should-be without actually having research beneath their stage descriptions. Some focus almost entirely on cognitive complexity. Although some cognitive capacity is necessary for understanding complexity and interdependence, both Susanne and Terri agree that being smart does not equate with developmental maturity and wisdom.
Susanne Cook-Greuter A Meridian Faculty, Susanne is a founding member of the Integral Institute and is considered a leading authority in ego development theory and structural text analysis. She received her doctorate from Harvard University. Susanne teaches worldwide, certifies professionals in developmentally-tailored coaching, and works with organizations to become sustainable, profitable, and human growth-centered using integral insights.
Terri O'Fallon A Meridian Faculty, Terry is a researcher, a coach, a spiritual director and has 52 years of teaching all age groups from early childhood through post PHD. Her research, which arises out of embodied experience, inter-observations, evolutionary grammar and semiotics, integrates ego development with Integral theory, resulting in a periodic matrix of consciousness. Terri presently teaches and consults internationally. She has a MS in Special Education, a MA in Spiritual Direction and a PHD in Integral Studies with a concentration inTransformative Learning and Change.