Adaptation to Life

ISBN-10: 0674004140

ISBN-13: 9780674004146

Edition: 1995

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Between 1939 and 1942, one of America's leading universities recruited 268 of its healthiest and most promising undergraduates to participate in a revolutionary new study of the human life cycle. The originators of the program, which came to be known as the Grant Study, felt that medical research was too heavily weighted in the direction of disease, and their intent was to chart the ways in which a group of promising individuals coped with their lives over the course of many years. Nearly forty years later, George E. Vaillant, director of the Study, took the measure of the Grant Study men. The result was the compelling, provocative classic, Adaptation to Life, which poses fundamental questions about the individual differences in confronting life's stresses. Why do some of us cope so well with the portion life offers us, while others, who have had similar advantages (or disadvantages), cope badly or not at all? Are there ways we can effectively alter those patterns of behavior that make us unhappy, unhealthy, and unwise? George Vaillant discusses these and other questions in terms of a clearly defined scheme of "adaptive mechanisms" that are rated mature, neurotic, immature, or psychotic, and illustrates, with case histories, each method of coping.
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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 8/11/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 414
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

He is a widely respected researcher, psychiatrist & professor at the Harvard Medical School. He is also the author of several books, including The Wisdom of the Ego, The Natural History of Alcoholism & Adaption to Life. He is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on aging.

Preface, 1995
Cast of Protagonists
The Study of Mental Health: Methods and Illustrations
Introduction
Mental Health
The Men of the Grant Study
How They Were Studied
Health Redefined-The Joyful Expression of Sex and of Anger
Basic Styles of Adaptation
Adaptive Ego Mechanisms-A Hierarchy
Sublimation
Suppression, Anticipation, Altruism, and Humor
The Neurotic Defenses
The Immature Defenses
Developmental Consequences of Adaptation
The Adult Life Cycle-In One Culture
Paths into Health
Successful Adjustment
The Child Is Father to the Man
Friends, Wives, and Children
Conclusions
The Maturing Ego
What Is Mental Health-A Reprise
A Summary
References Cited
A Glossary of Defenses
The Interview Schedule
The Rating Scales
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