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Vaillant, George E. 1934-

Overview
Works: 55 works in 210 publications in 9 languages and 11,156 library holdings
Genres: Longitudinal studies  Case studies  Conference papers and proceedings  Life skills guides  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works about George E Vaillant
 
Most widely held works by George E Vaillant
Adaptation to Life by George E Vaillant( Book )

29 editions published between 1974 and 2014 in English and Chinese and held by 2,491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Between 1939 and 1942, one of America's leading universities recruited 268 of its healthiest and most promising undergraduates to participate in a revolutionary new study of the human life cycle. The originators of the program, which came to be known as the Grant Study, felt that medical research was too heavily weighted in the direction of disease, and their intent was to chart the ways in which a group of promising individuals coped with their lives over the course of many years. Nearly forty years later, George E. Vaillant, director of the Study, took the measure of the Grant Study men. The result was the compelling, provocative classic, Adaptation to Life, which poses fundamental questions about the individual differences in confronting life's stresses. Why do some of us cope so well with the portion life offers us, while others, who have had similar advantages (or disadvantages), cope badly or not at all? Are there ways we can effectively alter those patterns of behavior that make us unhappy, unhealthy, and unwise? George Vaillant discusses these and other questions in terms of a clearly defined scheme of "adaptive mechanisms" that are rated mature, neurotic, immature, or psychotic, and illustrates, with case histories, each method of coping Between 1939 and 1942, one of America's leading universities recruited 268 of its healthiest and most promising undergraduates to participate in a revolutionary new study of the human life cycle. The originators of the program, which came to be known as the Grant Study, felt that medical research was too heavily weighted in the direction of disease, and their intent was to chart the ways in which a group of promising individuals coped with their lives over the course of many years. Nearly forty years later, George E. Vaillant, director of the Study, took the measure of the Grant Study men. The result was the compelling, provocative classic, Adaptation to Life, which poses fundamental questions about the individual differences in confronting life's stresses. Why do some of us cope so well with the portion life offers us, while others, who have had similar advantages (or disadvantages), cope badly or not at all? Are there ways we can effectively alter those patterns of behavior that make us unhappy, unhealthy, and unwise? George Vaillant discusses these and other questions in terms of a clearly defined scheme of "adaptive mechanisms" that are rated mature, neurotic, immature, or psychotic, and illustrates, with case histories, each method of coping"--P. [4] of cover
Triumphs of experience : the men of the Harvard Grant Study by George E Vaillant( )

20 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At a time when many people around the world are living into their tenth decade, the longest longitudinal study of human development ever undertaken offers some welcome news for the new old age: our lives continue to evolve in our later years, and often become more fulfilling than before. Begun in 1938, the Grant Study of Adult Development charted the physical and emotional health of over 200 men, starting with their undergraduate days. The now-classic Adaptation to Life reported on the men's lives up to age 55 and helped us understand adult maturation. Now George Vaillant follows the men into their nineties, documenting for the first time what it is like to flourish far beyond conventional retirement. Reporting on all aspects of male life, including relationships, politics and religion, coping strategies, and alcohol use (its abuse being by far the greatest disruptor of health and happiness for the study's subjects), Triumphs of Experience shares a number of surprising findings. For example, the people who do well in old age did not necessarily do so well in midlife, and vice versa. While the study confirms that recovery from a lousy childhood is possible, memories of a happy childhood are a lifelong source of strength. Marriages bring much more contentment after age 70, and physical aging after 80 is determined less by heredity than by habits formed prior to age 50. The credit for growing old with grace and vitality, it seems, goes more to ourselves than to our stellar genetic makeup. - Publisher
The natural history of alcoholism revisited by George E Vaillant( )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in English and Portuguese and held by 1,770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aging well : surprising guideposts to a happier life from the landmark Harvard study of adult development by George E Vaillant( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Argues "that individual lifestyle choices play a greater role than genetics, wealth, race, or other factors in determining how happy people are in later life"--Back cover
The natural history of alcoholism by George E Vaillant( Book )

15 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alcoholism is a disorder of enormous scope and destructive power that affects a third of all American families. Yet, despite extensive research, there are few uncontested answers to fundamental questions about this devastating disorder. Based on an evaluation of more than 600 individuals followed for over 40 years, George Vaillant's monumental study offers new and authoritative answers to all of these questions
The wisdom of the ego by George E Vaillant( Book )

22 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and Dutch and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Something horrible happens, and our minds play tricks on us, tell us that it never happened, occurred differently than it did, isn't quite what it seems. Such trickery, George Vaillant tells us, is actually healthy. What's more, it can reveal the mind at its most creative and mature, soothing and protecting us in the face of unbearable reality, managing the unmanageable, ordering disorder. In The Wisdom of the Ego, Vaillant, one of America's preeminent psychiatrists, gives us an exhilarating look at how the mind's defenses work, and at how they evolve and change, and so, change us. Freud tells us that the first five years of life constitute destiny. If this were so, Vaillant asks, then how could so many deeply troubled youths become well-adjusted, productive adults? Drawing on the Study of Adult Development, based at Harvard University, this book takes us into the lives of such individuals - thriving men and women who suffered grievous disadvantages and abuses during childhood - to show us that the mind's remarkable defenses develop well into adulthood, that the maladjustments of adolescence can evolve into the virtues of maturity. In one fascinating case after another, he introduces us to middle-aged men and women learning how to love, to make meaning, to reorder chaos. Because creativity is so intrinsic to this alchemy of the ego, Vaillant mingles these life studies with psychobiographies of famous artists and others. We meet Florence Nightingale, the intractable hypochondriac and hopeless dreamer who, at the age of thirty-one, wrote in her diary, "I see nothing desirable but death," and we watch as she transforms her anguish into altruism, her hapless fantasies into fantastic success. In the tormented life of Sylvia Plath, we see psychosis as not only a defect but also an effort at repair, her poetry as an extraordinary illustration of the adaptive process. We witness the mature working of the mind's defenses in the career of Anna Freud, their greatest elucidator. And we see the wisdom of the ego at work as Eugene O'Neill evolves from self-destructive youth to creator of great art. In these compelling portraits of obscure and famous lives, Vaillant charts the evolution of the ego's defenses, from the psychopathic to the sublime, and from the mundane to the most ingenious. An account of the boundless psychological resilience of adult development, The Wisdom of the Ego is a brilliant summation of the mind's amazing power to fashion creative victories out of life's would-be defeats
Spiritual evolution : a scientific defense of faith by George E Vaillant( Book )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A multi-disciplinary study of the nature of faith and its influence on history and society explores the biological origins and natural evolutions of human spiritual behavior, analyzing the important distinction between spirituality and religion
Ego mechanisms of defense : a guide for clinicans and researchers by George E Vaillant( Book )

14 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Not since Anna Freud's 1937 book, The Ego and the Mechanisms of Defense, has anyone explored defense mechanisms as fully as Dr. George E. Vaillant has in this volume. "No mental status or clinical formulation is complete," writes Vaillant, "without an effort to identify a patient's dominant defense mechanisms."" "Psychodynamic clinicians have long recognized the importance of exploring defense mechanisms in assessing normal and pathological personality functioning. In recent years the availability of prospective longitudinal studies of adult development and videotapes of clinical interactions, as well as cognitive psychology's role in linking neuroscience with psychoanalysis, has made possible the empirical study of defense mechanisms." "This volume, with contributions by interdisciplinary researchers, lays the groundwork for future research by summarizing empirical studies to date, proposing a universal language of defense mechanisms, and demonstrating how various assessment methods can be used in diagnosis, case formulation, and treatment. Dr. Vaillant and colleagues leave no stone unturned in their evaluation of such assessment methods as videotaped interviewing, written transcripts, autobiographical statements, self-reporting, psychological tests, the Q-sort methodology, and combinations thereof." "An opening section on clinical applications reaches back to Sigmund Freud's discovery of individual defenses, tracing the evolution of their use in psychotherapy over the years. Based on the need for a common language of defenses, Dr. Vaillant then puts forth clear descriptions of each defense, explaining how each may be recognized and used in psychotherapy. The second section reviews in depth the proliferation of empirical studies that have finally made the systematic study of defense mechanisms tangible to serious investigators. Appendixes include several glossaries of defense mechanisms and useful rating scales." "Do defense mechanisms reflect enduring facets of one's personality? Can defensive functioning be measured? And if so, with what degree of interrater reliability or validity? Are individuals aware of their own defenses? And what do these defenses foretell? These are just a few of the questions explored in this volume."--Jacket
Empirical studies of ego mechanisms of defense( Book )

9 editions published between 1986 and 1992 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies of ego mechanisms of defense
Werdegänge : Erkenntnisse der Lebenslauf-Forschung by George E Vaillant( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in German and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aging well : guideposts to a happier life by George E Vaillant( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Triumphs of experience : the men of the Harvard grant study by George E Vaillant( )

5 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At a time when many people around the world are living into their tenth decade, the longest longitudinal study of human development ever undertaken offers some welcome news for the new old age: our lives continue to evolve in our later years and often become more fulfilling than before. Begun in 1938, the Grant Study of Adult Development charted the physical and emotional health of over two hundred men, starting with their undergraduate days. The now-classic Adaptation to Life reported on the men?s lives up to age fifty-five and helped us understand adult maturation. Now George Vaillant follows the men into their nineties, documenting for the first time what it is like to flourish far beyond conventional retirement. Reporting on all aspects of male life?including relationships, politics and religion, coping strategies, and alcohol use?Triumphs of Experience shares a number of surprising findings. For example, the people who do well in old age did not necessarily do so well in midlife and vice versa. While the study confirms that recovery from a lousy childhood is possible, memories of a happy childhood are a lifelong source of strength. Marriages bring much more contentment after age seventy, and physical aging after eighty is determined less by heredity than by habits formed prior to age fifty. The credit for growing old with grace and vitality, it seems, goes more to ourselves than to our stellar genetic makeup
Portals : two lives intertwined by adoption by William R Miller( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portals tells intertwining true life stories of adopting and being adopted as an older child. Spanning forty years of development the saga is told both from the perspective of Lillian, adopted at age nine, and of her adoptive father, each of them writing alternating chapters. Lillian frankly relates the harrowing abuse and neglect of her early childhood as well as her turbulent post-adoption adolescence including runaways, hospitalization, and leaving home at seventeen. Her psychologist father, William Miller, offers an honest inside perspective on the challenges of parenting a child through these turbulent years. Ultimately it is a redeeming tale of persistent love and post-traumatic growth as the two streams of their lives flow together in adoption and then apart again as Lillian nurtures a family of her own. -- back cover
Heaven on my mind : using the Harvard grant study of adult development to explore the value of the prospection of life after death by George E Vaillant( )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heaven fascinates us, yet we lack any empirical information about it. Why, despite our multiple faith traditions, does Heaven have such positive connotations for us all? Why, despite no tangible evidence, should autobiographies by authors who claim to have visited Heaven, usually through near death experiences, attract literally millions of readers? Why does virtually everyone, even non-believers, agree with the old adage that "There is nothing better than Heaven"? Since a picture is worth a thousand words, Heaven on My Mind will focus more on true stories than on explication. In this book, the author shows how the prospectively gathered spiritual and religious biographies of the men in Harvard's legendary Study of Adult Development (The Grant Study) cast light upon the significance of faith and hope for love in Heaven in real lives. The author intends to show that putting the newly discovered concept of prospection together with our ancient faith in heaven allows us to understand the value of ruminating on an afterlife. Indeed, the life histories of the 184 men followed for their life-time in Harvard's path-breaking Study of Adult Development faith in Heaven is significantly associated with leading more successful lives. Due to recent advances in neurophysiology, the study of prospection reflects a paradigm shift in our understanding of the human mind. Prospection reflects the fact that the brain combines incoming information with stored information to build "mental representations" of the external world. Dr. Seligman and his colleagues' book, Homo Prospectus (2016) revolutionizes modern psychology and supplants the past oriented psychology of Skinner, Freud and cognitive psychology with future oriented psychology suggested by this recently discovered neuroscience. It is prospection that allows us "to fight the next war, not the last war." The author received a Templeton grant to study prospection by reanalyzing The Harvard Study of Adult Development (The Grant Study). Since 1939, the landmark Grant Study has conducted a prospective - in contrast to retrospective - lifelong social and medical study of a cohort of healthy college males. In order to document whether religious affiliation increased over time, beginning at age 47, every 6 years the author, as the longtime Grant Study Director, has asked the men about the intensity of their religious affiliation and the degree of their belief in life after death. Heaven on My Mind uses these spiritual and religious biographies to illuminate the significance of faith and hope for Heaven. In short, Heaven on My Mind will reflect the "natural history" of the men's religious affiliation and their prospection of, and expectations about Heaven over the course of their lives. For 40 years, readers have found such human transformations in the longitudinal studies of the author's books fascinating. The author believes Heaven on my Mind will be yet another major chapter in the research toward fully understanding the Study of Adult Development
Haengbok ŭi chokŏn : Habŏdŭ Taehakkyo. insaeng sŏngjang pogosŏ by George E Vaillant( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introducing positive psychology( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These two 30 minute programs question modern psychology's emphasis on a disease model and its obsession with explaining what is wrong with people. Armed with a growing body of data, Positive Psychology explains, celebrates, and tells all how to use what science has learned about human strengths, resilience, learned optimism, and authentic happiness. The lessons of Positive Psychology are diverse, with much to say about children and adolescents, education, finding our signature strengths, choosing work that is most rewarding for us, maintaining our health, and aging well. This series presents internationally distinguished psychologists, along with a cross- section of our fellow citizens from teenagers to ninety-two-year-olds, and from an auto mechanic to an oncology nurse in exploring these many new ideas which can change so many lives"--Montana PBS
The wisdom of the ego : sources of resilience in adult life by George E Vaillant( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In these compelling portraits of obscure and famous lives, Vaillant charts the evolution of the ego's defenses, from the psychopathic to the sublime, and from the mundane to the most ingenious. An account of the boundless psychological resilience of adult development, The Wisdom of the Ego is a brilliant summation of the mind's amazing power to fashion creative victories out of life's would-be defeats
Aging Well Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life from the Landmark Harvard Study of Adult Deve by George E Vaillant( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Haengbok ŭi pimil : 75-yŏn e kŏlch'in Habŏdŭ taehakkyo insaeng kwanch'al pogosŏ = Triumphs of experience : the men of the Harvard Grant Study by George E Vaillant( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in Korean and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lessons learned from living by George E Vaillant( )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Successful adaptation to life may not be in the genes or in the stars but in choices we make as we age
 
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The natural history of alcoholism revisitedAging well : surprising guideposts to a happier life from the landmark Harvard study of adult developmentThe wisdom of the egoSpiritual evolution : a scientific defense of faithEgo mechanisms of defense : a guide for clinicans and researchersAging well : guideposts to a happier lifeHaengbok ŭi chokŏn : Habŏdŭ Taehakkyo. insaeng sŏngjang pogosŏThe wisdom of the ego : sources of resilience in adult life
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Eman Vaillant, George 1934-

George Eman Vaillant American psychiatrist

George Vaillant

Vaillant, George 1934-

Vaillant, George Eman 1934-

וילנט, ג'ורג' א., 1934-

베일런트, 조지

베일런트, 조지 1934-

베일런트, 조지 E. 1934-

조지 E. 베일런트

ヴァイラント, ジョージ・E

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