Is a “B” in grad school really a “C”?
From the standpoint of social constructionist approaches to meaning-making, this presumption that how you act stems mainly from stable and enduring qualities inside you is suspect because it fails to fully consider the crucial influence of context on behavior. That thoughtful, deliberative, and soft-spoken person you are at work is quite different from the suave and charming flirt you become on that first Match.com date or the shirtless, face-painted maniac you morph into while tailgating on Sundays. Which one reflects who you “really” are?
New post on my blog, “Making Meaning: Constructing Understandings in a Confusing World.”
We often speak of “getting inside someone else’s head.” When we talk this way, we usually mean that we wish to understand things as others do so that we can grasp what otherwise might seem like utterly incomprehensible behavior. If we could get inside the heads of our boss, our significant other, or that bloviating political candidate on TV then we just might be able to know what they are up to and why.
…even though we all have a general sense of what it means to be happy, one of the things we notice if we pay close attention is that happy to one person can be pretty different from happy to another.
New blog post:
Raskin, J. D. (2014, May 20). Reclaiming diagnosis [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://dxsummit.org/archives/2086
. . . the word diagnosis does not technically mean “cause.” Actually, the word has origins in ancient Greek and literally means “to discern or distinguish.” . . . To discern or distinguish something is far broader than presuming to have uncovered its cause.
Discerning or distinguishing is essential to effective counseling and psychotherapy. Without making distinctions and using them to strategize about how to talk to clients and think about their difficulties, psychotherapy is not likely to prove very helpful.