About Biography

We "write" the story of our lives as our "bio" - "graphy".

"Your biography becomes your biology." -- Carolyn Myss

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Images of Man Today

  • Man as machine (or technology) – a mechanical view. My physical capacities or limitations made me what I am today.
  • Man as genome – my chromosomes made me what I am today. (Reductionistic science.
  • Man as pharmacological (chemical) – bad bio-chemicals made me what I am today.
  • Man as behavioristic psychological being – my upbringing (nurturing or lack of it) made me what I am today. B.F. Skinner psychological model.
  • Man as a cultural entity – my ethnicity made me what I am today. My priviledged upbringing made me what I am today. My lack of priviledge made me what I am today.
  • Man as economic component – my job defines who I am. 
  • Man as free spiritual agent - Man as a being which develops through pre-defined stages over time. The Developmental model.

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STAGE DEVELOPMENT THEORY


     Stage-development theory is the idea that people are not immutable types, but instead, everyone has the potential to achieve self-actualization (the highest stage in some stage- development hierarchies). There are things which can block individuals from reaching some of the upper stages – physical or psychological developmental disabilities, trauma, genetic impairments, diet or other environmental factors. People may go through stages at different rates, some faster, some more slowly – but no one skips a stage. Stages are sequential and one goes through each stage in order.


More about Stage Development Theory


Biography as a potentially tranformative activity

     “Humans remain in an incomplete state if they do not take in hand the transformative substance within themselves through their own power. Nature makes human beings merely natural creatures; society makes them law-abiding actors; but only they can make themselves free beings.”
     “At a certain stage in their development, nature releases human beings from her chains; society carries this development up to a further point; but human beings must give themselves the final polish.” -- Intuitive Thinkiing As a Spiritual Path, Chapter 9, Rudolf Steiner

 

     The study of Stage Development Theory as it may or may not apply to our lives is called the study of our "Biography." We compare and contrast what  to conduct "action research" to determine whether or not the stages. crises, or other archetypal phenomena -- or something simiar -- happened to us during our lives. Because we are "free beings", we have choices about whether or not to continue habits or patterns which this personal study may help us identify.