Renowned Clinical Psychologist Identifies “Missing Link” for Functional Resolution of Anxiety

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New book explores a new model of human Adult Ego & Cognitive Maturity

How does one measure psychological maturity? A clear boundary between adolescent and adult development has not yet been identified. In her enlightening new book, author Skipi Lundquist Smoot, PhD cites a majority of Adult Emotional Distress and Anxiety to fall on the continuum of Ego & Cognitive Immaturity/Maturity vs Neurosis/Wellness. At the heart of Psychological Immaturity lies feelings of personal inadequacy, fear of rejection and excessive dependency. We hide our “Real” selves behind “Masks” of Anxiety (attitudes and behaviors) unconsciously designed to avoid anxiety, fear of abandonment & emotional independence.

Dr. Smoot defines the Adult Developmental Stage of Psychological Maturation as the necessary “Missing Link” for attainment of functional (vs. dysfunctional) resolution of anxiety. Psychological and educational Methods for its achievement can be learned to help arrive at more successful life choices. The Adult stage of Psychological Development contains concepts leading to ability to tolerate frustration, delay gratification and accept the truth concerning objective reality. The Map of Reality runs through the Fabric of the Universe and is paved with Laws of Cause & Effect. Personal growth, mature relationships and development of Unique Potential (Psychological Maturation) can occur by learning to recognize the underlying “Processes” of Reality.

We are born with a mission—to explore our own path. Psychological Maturation requires tolerance of personal differences without giving up individuality in the presence of emotional or social pressure to do otherwise. Mature choices are based on ability to think about feelings and choose to respond to them or not based on what is best for the self and others in the long run.

To help people develop “unique personal potential”, Dr. Smoot shares four essential tasks of mature human development and five necessary lessons for attaining personal strength, success and happiness. The book has questionnaires, stories and visualizations to help assess and advance the readers’ present level of personal maturation. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to

About the Author
A niece of McDonald Corporation Founder, Ray Kroc, and former owner-operator of three successful McDonald's Restaurants in California and Virginia, Skipi Lundquist Smoot, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Marriage & Family therapist, and Business Consultant with Offices in Irvine CA. She is Clinical Director of Psychological Decisions and Career Ambitions, Unlimited. Her education includes a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, California; a Masters Degree in Marriage, Family, Child Clinical Services from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California; and a BA in Psychology from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA (Christopher Newport Campus).

In Private Practice for over 20 years, Dr. Smoot has a weekly caseload of private clients in addition to supervising Master’s and Doctoral Level interns. She is listed in Who's Who in American Women and Who's Who in America. Dr. Smoot's theoretical Model of Psychological Maturation has been developed in clinical work with clients in Private Practice, Mental Health Services, County Jails, Psychiatric Hospitals and Group Homes. Dr. Smoot's other Publications include Doctoral Research to identify personal, psychological and gender related characteristics of successful Business Managers within McDonald's Corporation and franchise personnel.

Maturation: The Adult Paradigm * by Skipi Lundquist Smoot, Ph.D.
Publication Date: June 16, 2011
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