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Blending modern psychology and Daoist wisdom into a recipe for the fully actualized child, this book shows how human beings form an integral part of the greater universe. Partaking in Dao to the fullest, they can experience a sense of well-being, inner harmony, and overarching excellence. Daoist classics describe this realization of full potential in terms of free and easy wandering or skillful spontaneity. Western psychologists similarly speak of personal fulfillment in work and play. Most important among them are Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi with his concept of flow, Martin Seligman with his studies of authentic happiness, and Howard Gardner with his system of multiple intelligences. Activated differently in the brain, subject to both genes and training, these psychological dimensions become apparent in different stages of childhood development and are enhanced by optimal learning conditions, manifold forms of play, and conscientious parenting—leading to the realization of full potential and attainment of Daoist harmony. This book offers a unique presentation: none other pulls the same level of information together, let alone present it in such a vibrant and engaging way.


Livia Kohn, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Religion and East Asian Studies at Boston University. The author or editor of close to fifty books, she now lives in Florida, serves as the executive editor of the Journal of Daoist Studies, and runs various workshops and conferences.


This is an engaging, entertaining, informative and interdisciplinary approach to understanding childhood and developmental theory, inspired by traditional Daoist systems of thought and cultivation. The book’s emphasis on Daoist ideals, concerning spontaneity, balance and the consistent encouragement to both explore and nurture our natures, provides an original, optimistic outlook that should be of interest to Transpersonal, Positive and Developmental Psychologists and Psychotherapists.– Dr Elliot Cohen Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

In Full Potential, readers will see Livia Kohn doing what she does best—highly creative, innovative work that brings Daoist cosmology into conversation with wide-ranging sources and themes. Exploring traditional views on human potential in relation to the work of modern scientists on such topics as creativity, aptitudes, and happiness, and filled with observations that use Chinese wisdom to understand the nature of human experience, Kohn shows how Daoist understandings of energy, cosmic spirit, and personality can be a resource for us today in understanding our own development, so that we might all reach our full potential. –Erin Cline, Georgetown University


    by Livia Kohn 170 Pages 15 October 2019 ISBN 978-1-931483-41-4

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