A reconceptualisation of the self in humanistic psychology: Heidegger, foucault and the sociocultural turn

McDonald, M and Wearing, S 2013, 'A reconceptualisation of the self in humanistic psychology: Heidegger, foucault and the sociocultural turn', Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 37-59.


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Title A reconceptualisation of the self in humanistic psychology: Heidegger, foucault and the sociocultural turn
Author(s) McDonald, M
Wearing, S
Year 2013
Journal name Journal of Phenomenological Psychology
Volume number 44
Issue number 1
Start page 37
End page 59
Total pages 23
Publisher Brill
Abstract Since the early 1970s humanistic psychology has struggled to remain a relevant force in the social and psychological sciences, we attribute this in part to a conceptualisation of the self rooted in theoretically outmoded thinking. In response to the issue of relevancy a sociocultural turn has been called for within humanistic psychology, which draws directly and indirectly on the conceptual insights of Michel Foucault. However, this growing body of research lacks a unifying conceptual base that is able to encompass its new perspectives (its call for a sociocultural turn) and the movement's theoretical antecedents (the actualising tendency). This analysis suggests a way forward by offering a potential reconceptualisation of the self In humanistic psychology through the existential-phenomenology of Martin Heidegger. We argue that Heidegger's conception of the self takes account of subjectivities produced in discourse and institutional practice, while acknowledging the human capacity for actualisation in his concept of the authentic-self.
Subject Social and Community Psychology
Keyword(s) Actualising tendency
Authentic-self
Dasein
Discourse
Foucault
Heidegger
Humanistic psychology
Power/knowledge
Sociocultural turn
DOI - identifier 10.1163/15691624-12341244
Copyright notice © 2013 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN 0047-2662
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