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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How is the gap to be formulated? Is it an event gap, a personal gap, or both?
Recall that the wholeness of personhood is the wholeness of incompletion, like
uniting in a single, pervasive desire that calls for completion. Paul was unified in
The theme might be formulated as this: If you threaten those in authority too much
or too often, they will destroy you. However grating this might be to some, it is a
perfectly legitimate theme to formulate. Indeed, Christ seems often to have ...
formulated might bear trivially upon the life of a person as lived. For example, we
might create a life theme for an eccentric intellectual that emphasizes aloneness
or solitariness as an outcome, but this outcome might be trivial, off-center, ...
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