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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Models that are available, such as Jung's (1965) active imagination, are apt to be
dismissed as too literary, but it is literary form that is capable of modelling
complex human phenomena. Currently, there is no other form that even
Probably the first step involved a transformation of his well-developed proclivity
for castle-building into a disciplined imagination for creation. He directed his
imagination more to actual circumstance. For example, his first novel was
I can live it quite well in imagination. Weight I know intimately. I can feel it
dragging on me, slowing my movements. I have a very vivid sense of what
walking on Jupiter would be like and, indeed, cannot picture doing it for long. The
point is that ...
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