Rupture and Hospitality

  • Mary Watkins
  • Helene Shulman
Part of the Critical Theory and Practice in Psychology and the Human Sciences book series (CTPPHS)


If liberation psychologies begin with wandering in the desert attempting to break with dominant modes of consciousness to create new possibilities for community life, we need to identify and name the “stations of the cross” of this type of pilgrimage. In this section on habitual thinking, we are addressing how people living in relatively stable circumstances transform the ways they think in response to environmental surprises or discrepancies that challenge their current paradigms. How do we learn to change the sedimented ways we understand the world, and how do we evolve new and more creative responses when unexpected events interrupt a settled way of life and override our defenses? Can we become aware of how much of what we do is an automatic acceptance of surrounding habits of “normal” social life in our own communities? How flexible can we be in considering those things that do not fit within our expectations? How might it change our thinking to consider human beings not as freestanding individual units but as embedded in, defined by, performing, and co-creating structures (or vortices) of cultural discourse, practice, and assumptions?


Emotional Support Psychological Space Liminal Space Narrative Frame Narrative Framework 
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© Mary Watkins and Helene Shulman 2008

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  • Mary Watkins
  • Helene Shulman

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