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Lifelines: Patterns of Work, Love, and Learning in Adulthood

ISBN: 978-1-55542-364-3
258 pages
September 1991, Jossey-Bass
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Reveals the common patterns adults experience in their careers, relationships, and development. Shows how, by gaining an understanding of these patterns in their own lives, adults can find new meaning in their existence, work through problems, and explore opportunities for growth.
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Table of Contents

1. The Essence of Adulthood.

2. How Work and Love Interact.

3. At the Intersection of Work, Love, and Learning.

4. Tracing the Patterns of Adulthood.

5. Moving in Tandem: The Parallel Pattern.

6. One Stable Force: The Steady/Fluctuating Pattern.

7. No Order Here: The Divergent Pattern.

8. Comparing the Patterns.

9. Intrinsic Connections: The Patterns and Learning.

10. Learning from Experience.

11. Understanding Work, Love, and Learning.

Resources: A. Notes on Methodology.

B. Determining Your Own Pattern.

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Author Information

SHARAN B. MERRIAM is professor of adult education at the University of Georgia.
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