My first seven retirement years (1994-2001) were devoted to writing basic new theoretical works that I had always intrinsically wanted most to write about but didn’t do so because of the pressure to produce books that mostly met the informational needs of students, and colleagues. Here then are these new theoretical works:

  • 1) Ego development and Psychopathology. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers (Rutgers University), 1996. A new systematic classification of the major psychiatric disorders considered for the first time as mostly a function of aberrant personality (ego) development in childhood and adolescence.

  • 2) The Acquisition and Retention of Knowledge. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000. This shows the connection between new learning material and related conceptual material that the learner already knows, and how it can be more easily stabilized and assimilated into the learner’s cognitive structure thereby becoming more resistant to forgetting.

  • 3) Death and the Human Condition. iUniverse, Inc. This is a comprehensive coverage of the consequences and implications of death itself, of the hypothesized nature of the Christian afterlife, and of Christian ethical concepts fitting one’s afterlife residence to one’s moral conduct on earth (sin, conscience, salvation, forgiveness, expiation). Attitudes and reactions to each of these afterlife-relevant Christian doctrines were obtained from Christian believers and non-believers. Attitudes toward death itself were obtained, e.g. denial, acceptance, depression, resignation, etc.) and are discussed. (please see sample chapters and/or order online).

  • 4) Theory and Problems of Adolescent Development, 3rd edition. This is a comprehensive new graduate-level textbook of adolescent development covering all aspects of this field including endocrinological, physiological, medical, musculoskeletal, cognitive, peer group, sociocultural, personality, sexual, social class, school, religious and ethical with emphasis on theoretical determinants of developmental change. (completed manuscript)