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Online Colloquium No. 40: Ego development, complexity, simplicity, and wisdom

Date and time
2 Stunden

Dr. Tom Murray 


Ego development, complexity, simplicity, and wisdom: integrating unlearning into adult developmental models

I will present a framework called "Wisdom Skills" that allows for more precise comparison of existing development models, and helps to integrate them. The framework takes into account hierarchical complexity theories (Fischer and Commons), ego development theories (Loevinger, Cook-Greuter, Torbert, and O'Fallon), and meaning-making theories (Kegan) and unifies them at a meta-model level (not at the level of assessment). The framework gives equal priority to constructive (ascending) and deconstructive (releasing or descending) movements, and in so doing integrates trauma and "shadow work" theories in a more foundational way. I also given an analysis critiquing the "transcend and include" principle by showing that in most psychological development, much is "left behind" in normal developmental growth.


Dr. Tom Murray is Chief Visionary and Instigator at Open Way Solutions LLC, which merges technology with integral developmental theory, and is also a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Massachusetts School of Computer Science. He is an Associate Editor at Integral Review, and is on the editorial review board of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education. He has published articles on integral theory as it relates to a variety of topics. See www.tommurray.us.