Outwardly it would seem that adult-developmental theory is doing “alright”. But that is not the case. Adult developmental theory has failed to pursue its mandate in three fundamental ways:
- it has distinguished social-emotional development from cognitive development NOT in order to link them, but to keep them permanently disconnected.
- It has not developed an acceptable notion of meaning making in the broad sense, but only one of social stance or ‘social-emotional’ meaning making (ED).
- it has not developed an acceptable notion of human cognition (CD) as comprising the transition from logical to dialectical thinking.
That’s why in its conventional form it performs poorly as a consulting and mentoring methodology as well.
Read on to see how this came about, and how that was changed 20 years ago through CDF, in a way that went unnoticed.