This lucidly argued volume covers the key philosophical revolutions that are shaping contemporary psychology. Harr[ac]e and Gillett herald a new paradigm in psychology, dissolving the Cartesian distinction between mind and body in favour of the discursive turn in psychological theory. The authors explore the discursive origins of the self, the problem of agency and social understanding of personality. In the process, they elevate the emotions to a significant place in our understanding of mind, action and being. The theoretical breadth of the book is matched by its treatment of a wide range of subjects, including: consciousness; the brain; perception; thought; personality; and the emotions.
Chapter 7: The Discursive Origins of the Sense of Self
The Discursive Origins of the Sense of Self
The Aims of Psychological Research
What is it that, as psychologists, we would like to find out about human beings and some animals? We can talk vaguely about the methods of discursive psychology, but what would one actually do if one were trying to do some psychological research from the discursive point of view? How would one start? We are going to illustrate the practice of discursive psychology with several examples. In the doing of psychological research, we shall see, particularly, the moment at which anthropology enters into studies. [Page 98]There are really two main aims in psychological research, according to the discursive point of view.
- One wants to find out ...