Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) August 20, 2012
Though it sometimes seems genders are worlds apart, one psychologist is challenging the “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus” model – and instead urges everyone to have a foot fixed on both planets.
Retired Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Richard Coan, Ph.D., has devoted a large part of his career to studying human personality and development. His new book, “Masculine, Feminine and Fully Human: Developmental Paths Through the Adult Years” (published by AuthorHouse), explains that in order to live a meaningful life, we must embrace both male and female characteristics.
“There are over a dozen different qualities that may be regarded as either masculine or feminine,” Coan says. “Each of these qualities can be found in every individual. A man who is intent on displaying only qualities that he considers masculine, and a woman who is intent on displaying only qualities she considers feminine, limit their personal growth.”
Coan invites readers to undergo self-assessment by responding to 10 short factor scales based on Coan’s past research, regarding various masculine and feminine variables. Coan encourages readers to then apply the material to their own lives in order to experience personal growth and development.
“Some writers focus on what they see as the essential difference between men and women,” says Coan. “Some focus on the need to get in touch with one’s ‘true’ nature as a man or woman. I try to present a more comprehensive and flexible approach for all adults.”
“Masculine, Feminine and Fully Human: Developmental Paths Through the Adult Years”
By Prof. Richard Coan, Ph.D.
Approx. 151 pages
Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble.
About the author
Retired Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Richard Coan, Ph.D., has devoted a large part of his career to studying human personality and development. He has also examined many views regarding the ideal goal of development. Coan received his doctorate degree from the University of Southern California, and has close to 40 years of teaching experience, most recently at the University of Arizona. Coan resides in Tucson, Arizona.
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