Let’s Frankly Play: Ambivalence, Dilemmas and Imagination

  • Luca TateoEmail author
Part of the Cultural Psychology of Education book series (CPED, volume 2)


One of the central concerns in Bruner’s psychology is the complex, apparently contradictory nature of human behavior. In his view, the cognitive revolution was meant to grasp the actual experience of people dealing with everyday dilemmas, finding their way in the difficult task of choosing what it is ought to do, rather than an orthodontic of thinking as later it turned to be. In this chapter I try to discuss the relationship between imagination, ambivalence and dilemmatic nature of experience as a theme that transversally crossed Bruner’s thought along his work. Ethic and aesthetic dimensions are fundamental to understand his rich theorizing both in developmental, educational and general psychology.


Imagination Ambivalence Dilemmatic field Subjunctive mode of thought Ethics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Communication and PsychologyAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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