Who are you? How do you identify yourself in contrast with the rest of the universe? How do you interpret interpersonal situations? These questions can be addressed by exploring your ego identity (what is also called ego development). Ego development is a stage theory that offers a frame for how our sense of self can evolve throughout life. Ego development is an important component of Integral Psychotherapy and Coaching.
Ego development was pioneered by Jane Loevinger as a way to assess how we identify self, our purpose in life, our needs, and the ends we move toward. Beginning in the 1950s, Dr. Loevinger summarized seven levels our sense of self could grow through. Dr. Susanne Cook-Greuter is currently the pre-eminent researcher on ego development and has mapped out two additional stages to those found by Loevinger. Dr. Cook-Greuter has confirmed later stages labeled "post-conventional" that may be correlated with spiritual growth.
As part of my psychotherapy, coaching and consulting work, I administer and interpret the Sentence Completion Test Integral (SCTi-MAP). I was in the first cohort of scorers in the United States to earn advanced certification in administering and interpreting ego development protocols from Dr. Susanne Cook-Greuter of Cook-Greuter & Associates. I am currently an associate of Dr. Cook-Greuter's. You can find out more about her work at http://www.cook-greuter.com/