Human Expression A Relational Act
A psychology that is self-consciously interpretive and critical will follow the form of what I am calling the personal metaphor. One of the fundamental assumptions of this point of view is that human behavior is understandable only in terms of a dynamic social reference, the purely isolated self being a social fiction (MacMurray, 1957). The peculiar task of a psychological discipline, in this regard, is in the development of some form of systematic interpretation of communicative expressions, which I hold as synonymous with the term human act. I am assuming that individual or collective expressions are symbols for purposes of communication. Therefore, the fundamental unit of analysis must be a dyad (you and I) rather than an isolated individual or monad. The contention here is that individuals use expressions because they intend meaning for others.
KeywordsHull Nism Metaphor
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