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Middlemarch: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds, Reviews and Criticism (A Norton Critical Edition)
Bert G. Hornback, George Eliot
The Magic Mountain
Thomas Mann, John E. Woods
Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel García Márquez
Living With Intensity - Susan Daniels, Michael Piechowski Popular psychology approach to education & parenting, employing Dabrowskian theory. Includes sections regarding adults, but the center of gravity is juveniles.

I'm finding Dabrowski's concepts very useful: overexcitability, multilevel development, asynchrony, personality disintegration, positive maladjustment, and so on.

Basis is that there are five levels of personality development, not related to age. Level I, primary integration, is animalistic, marked by concern for money & power. That describes the world, incidentally. Levels II-IIII involve inner conflict, a distinction between what is and what should be, vis-a-vis the internal and the external. Level V is hypothetical, and it is suggested that Christ might've achieved it; it dovetails with Maslow's self-actualization theory to some extent.

All that is great, but the whole thing fits well within a hegelo-marxist dialectics, wherein the internal conflict pushes to the point of crisis, at which time one might achieve "secondary integration," ultimately leading to "service to all humanity." It's slick.

Some facile presentation here, nonetheless, with the insistence on authenticity and a given internal real self seeking expression, as against impositions of the world. I'd suggest that the internal generally is inscribed by the external (what is this--innate ideas?), but with that amendment, am liking.

Volume refers to much academic research and clinical study, so it fulfills its promise as a popularizing volume. Essays are all high quality, some more rigorous than others.

Dabrowski himself has the distinction of surviving imprisonment in both the third reich and the Soviet Union.