The Developmental Model

Taught by: Rich Lyons and Barbara Burgess

Sociologist Jack Mezirow says that if childhood is about formation, then adulthood is about transformation. But we can’t truly transform until we understand how our childhood experiences shaped our behaviors, thoughts, and actions. In this excerpt from the Wright Foundation’s signature Year of More program, you’ll dive deep into the first three levels of the Wright Developmental Model—scarcity/trust, hunger/affirmation, and reactivity/assertion—in order to discover the forces that shaped us as children and become architects of our own transformation as adults.

Discover the cutting-edge neuroscience behind how our childhood experiences affect our adult behaviors and actions

Learn to fulfill your yearnings and drive towards what you truly want in your life, career, and relationships

Use engaging worksheets and writing prompts to apply the Wright Developmental Model to your own life and experiences


Rich Lyons

Rich Lyons is a board member and long-time student at the Wright Foundation. He is also the Founder, CEO and President of Lyons Consulting Group (LYONSCG), the industry’s premier eCommerce digital agency, serving brands, retailers, and B2B organizations with tailored solutions that maximize their online potential. Rich is responsible for leading the company’s strategy and vision, as well as working closely with customers, including Tourneau, Allen Edmonds, GoPro, Patagonia, and many more.

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