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In: An Invitation to Cultural Psychology

Chapter 5: Creating Ourselves: Signs, Myths, and Resistances

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Creating Ourselves: Signs, Myths, and Resistances
Creating ourselves: Signs, myths, and resistances

Our world is not what we immediately perceive, but what we instantly interpret. The very beginnings of such interpretation are already inherent in our perceptual system in the form of illusions (Figure 5.1). Here we already encounter the organism's tendency to operate at the level of wholes, rather than parts or elements that make up a whole.

Figure 5.1 Triangles that are illusions

Culture—from the perspective of semiotic cultural psychology—is embodied through the relation of the person with the reconstructed environment. It is through cultural means—signs—that we modify our first interpretations of the surroundings. Such interpretation is guided by encoding into our environments the social expectations of other human beings (see Chapter 9 on the ...

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