Portrait and Story: Dramaturgical Approaches to the Study of Persons
Greenwood Press, 1986 - 203 Seiten
Seeking to restore a holistic approach to the study of the person, Professor Cochran explores and refines an innovative method of analysis based on the use of dramaturgical concepts. The author's approach reflects a dissatisfaction, shared by many in the field of personology, with the fragmented view of the person that typically emerges from quantitative, statistically based studies. His own method offers alternative ways of conducting research based upon two units. The first is story, a completed action or drama with a beginning, middle, and end. The other is position, a way of being or an emotional or existential condition. Showing these to be natural units of human experience, the author demonstrates, through a series of illustrative investigations, how they may be applied to research. Among the topics covered are the life plot, or the means by which a person comes into being, the meaning of significant action, how actions in a person's life form a theme with variations over time, and the integration of character and story. The author also discusses different life themes and their significance, and he tests the validity of dramatic principles as means of reality construction.
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The desire for industry , cultivated by years of scorn and enforced idleness , was
too strong to be satisfied in the postal service alone . He began his first tentative
efforts to write — that is , now and then he would find the time and energy to add
As decision making is like a baptism in the fire of unbearable agony , preparation
is like an ordeal by effort . He comes out of decision making supercharged , ready
and relieved to take action . Doubt , indecision , and inaction are gone .
Fourth , great responsibility demands great effort . Fifth , the period of indecision
sets the stage for intense effort ; anything less would be incongruous . Sixth , it
reflects a competitive spirit . Seventh , it is inaction that Nixon finds intolerable ,
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