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  1. Introduction
  2. Abstract thinking
  3. Developmental stages and the development of abstract thinking
  4. Analysis
  5. Conclusion

In the life time of this author, they have witnessed personally the developmental stages in their life. Luckily, the author is now a student of psychology and understands and can describe their developmental history using physical/cognitive and psycho social examples in their life stages. These include beginnings (first three years), early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle adulthood and late adulthood. While Piaget's developmental stages paradigm and its successor theories have shaped the landscape of developmental psychology for the better part of seven decades, it is necessary to try to analyze the development of the subject from the aspect of societal influences as well.

For this reason, the author will transpose their personal life experiences conventionally against Jean Piaget's more accepted Developmental Stages approach. The twist will be the author's juxtaposition of the work of C.G. Jung and Sapir-Whorf for the reasons spelled out below. The reason for this transposition in the analysis of the author's life is specifically to analyze the developmental stages from an individual and a societal perspective. In the beginning of the author's life Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development, the author is dependent upon videos taken by their parent.

[...] Developmental stages and the development of abstract thinking In the life time of this author, they have witnessed personally the developmental stages in their life. Luckily, the author is now a student of psychology and understands and can describe their developmental history using physical/cognitive and psychosocial examples in their life stages. These include beginnings (first three years), early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle adulthood and late adulthood. While Piaget's developmental stages paradigm and its successor theories have shaped the landscape of developmental psychology for the better part of seven decades, it is necessary to try to analyze the development of the subject from the aspect of societal influences as well. [...]


[...] Language (as a developmental tool) and culture appear to be intrinsically connected. For sociologists and anthropologists, language is really a means of expressing cultural reality and sorting out associations. Although cultural reality is relative, it provides a gauge by which we measure our environment and our relationship to it. Our perception of reality is many times as important as the reality itself. Linguistic relativity drives our perception of reality and guides the type of thinking we use to process it. [...]

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