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interesting facts on psychological theory and Women’s Development book called “the little book that started a revolution.”
Carol Gilligan emphasizes that women are capable of thinking and acting in a manner associated with justice, the same way men are. Gilligan also emphasizes that women are with elements more associated with the value of care.
In terms of self-reflection, women tend to define who they are in terms of their relationship with their significant other.
Gilligan argues that psychology considers women not able to follow the reasonable formula of justice the way men think.
That women fall out of line with ethics and moral dilemmas.
The conventional stage, or the goodness of self-sacrifice, is when women think of themselves as selfless and begin to care more about others. This stage allows women to find solutions where no one is hurt or choosing the victim wisely. Women in this stage change their self-image and transition to ethical thinking.
The postconventional stage, or the responsibility for consequences of choice, is making a choice and then taking responsibility for that choice. In this stage, women tend to take control of their lives and realizing the seriousness of a situation, especially if there happened to be a chance to involve someone getting hurt. Also, women begin to take care of others instead of just caring about themselves in this stage. They also put out a sense of morality to those around them.
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Another interesting fact in Carol Gilligan's book is that she is upset with Kohlberg's stages of moral development of children.
She say's that Kohlberg's argument about moral development in boys and girls favors boys. She notes that Kohlberg was testing the children's moral development according to the male's rational sense ( a principled way of reasoning that boys most commonly use). She also states that Kohlberg's sample of study consisted of a majority of boys.
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