Academic journal article Journal of Social and Psychological Sciences

Editorial: 'Defragmenting' Mind and Thought

Academic journal article Journal of Social and Psychological Sciences

Editorial: 'Defragmenting' Mind and Thought

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Contrary to what dominant approaches in psychology assume, there is a dimension to human behaviour and experience that may not be objectively measurable. Favouring a 'pure' objectivist epistemology quite often leads to dismissing the importance of individuals' subjectivities. Thus, the need for an interactionist, or indeed a psychosocial approach has never been more relevant, especially in the process of bridging the divide between current theoretical perspectives in Psychology. This divide is rooted in Western tradition of thought which treats reality as essentially separated from the individual. Consequently this is reflected in the way in which science, technology, art and human work are 'fragmented' into specialties, with each of these specialties being treated as independent from each other. Much of this 'fragmentation' owes to the ways in which we use language in western thought tradition. Specifically, to the "subject-verb-object structure of modern languages which imply that all action arises in a separate subject, and acts either on a separate object, or else reflexively on itself (Bohm, 1980, 35). Thus, it seems that this artificial and illusory divide between things is rooted in language. In this way, some ask the question: "How are we to think coherently of a single, unbroken, flowing actuality of existence as a whole, containing both thought (consciousness) and external reality as we experience it?" (Bohm,1980: xi). This is a fundamental question which raises the importance of understanding the inextricable link between consciousness, the individual and society. The emphasis here is that these three elements cannot exist in separation. Thus, if one were to develop a theoretical perspective which successfully accounts for human experience, thought and behaviour, these key elements must be taken into account. …

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