Yvonne M Agazarian, Susan Gantt's Autobiography of a Theory: developing the theory of living PDF

By Yvonne M Agazarian, Susan Gantt

ISBN-10: 1853028479

ISBN-13: 9781853028472

(Jessica Kingsley) associates health facility, Philadelphia, PA. Account of the author's specialist existence documenting significant advancements in staff research and displaying how a thought is formulated from highbrow and private contexts and the way a theory-based perform is generated. Softcover.

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Not quite so fortunate am I, the creator of the following, a posteriori, speculations. For I write from the position of one of a human shoal that continually organized and reorganized against the phantom attacks it spawned itself. 1). Looking back at this paper, it is clear that I was already incubating ideas about the group-as-a-whole as a system – but was far from knowing it. However I had learned that trying to explain group behavior from my psychoanalytic understandings of individual dynamics made no sense.

Thus, the SAVI sequential matrix became the operational definition of ‘the degree of groupness’ existing at the time of the coding. What SAVI enabled me to do was to frame ‘interdependence of parts’ in terms of communication behavior. Up until then, I had defined ‘parts’ as clusters of behavior that defined a person’s role. With the development of SAVI, I could demonstrate the relationship between patterns of behavior and the roles that people played in the group. By using SAVI data, I could also define the patterns that identified the different stages in the development of the group and discriminate the group communication pattern from the individual patterns.

4). 30 AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A THEORY a process of disintegration and de-discrimination, there is also the maturation process of discrimination and integration. But this time, it is based on the more naive discrimination mechanism of the similar to the similar, the dissimilar to the dissimilar. Thus, the system becomes ‘outside’ Renee, dissimilar to herself, and the ‘personage’ becomes the other half of the duality based on similarity. 3 What seems particularly crucial in this process is that Sechehaye seems to have reversed the whole maturation experience for Renee.

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