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TitleThe Joy of Growing Up: Growing Up for Grownups Who Haven't Grown Up Yet
Author(s)Wendy Freebourne
ISBN0755210298
LanguageEnglish
PublishedSeptember 2005
PublisherBright Pen
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Reviewer Mary Marchant wrote:
How refreshing to find a book that blows away the myths about growing up. The first part is about the basics of growing up, the stages of development, and explains the difference between healthy and unhealthy dependency and independence. I never realised independence could be unhealthy; the author calls this pseudo-independence. She also explains the difference between dependency and inter-dependence. This part clarifies the transitions we make as we grow up and also what we need to make these transitions completely. I was glad to read that independence is not incompatible with inter-dependence. I particularly liked the way the various benefits of being grown up are described in the second part as tools, with clear information on how to use these tools, including sexuality. And the stories in each chapter that illustrate how people have completed their transitions, even as adults, are encouraging. The book explains that growing up is an ongoing process and, having dealt with the basics and the practicalities, the last part looks at the spiritual implications of finding meaning and purpose, dignity and serenity - even looks briefly at mortality.
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