A Theoretical Grounding of Psychological Enquiry within an Interdisciplinary Context: New Possibilities Beyond the Constraints of Past Theory and Practice

Dr Beate Von Krosigk
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Transformational freedom has been proclaimed and partly achieved in the Christian Church. Freedom has been promised to all Christians through the death of Christ whose sacrifice has liberated his followers from sin and the finality of death. As a political concept freedom ('absence of tyranny', and later 'order and equality') lost ground around the birth of Christ. Democracy ('to live as you like') proved to be as flawed as imperialism, and the closest to obtaining political freedom was local autonomy. According to Livy (33.32. 5-6), the king's Greek subjects were proclaimed to be free (exempt from paying tribute, and subject to their own rule). Psychological freedom and particularly emotional freedom from hatred, anger and recurrent thoughts of retaliation can be attained when we achieve to forgive those who have hurt us physically, and /or emotionally. This paper contains a description of the research design and the research method for facilitating forgiveness by means of neuro-linguistic programming. The research design is of a qualitative nature, and the method of facilitation is based on the intrapsychic and systems approaches. The problems surrounding scientific knowledge and truth generation, and the assumptions surrounding our past understanding of body and mind as separate entities, need to be placed into the context of an interdisciplinary framework. The qualitative approach to data gathering consists of qualitative interviewing, narrative inquiry, and action inquiry. The psycho-biographical framework which surrounds the process of inquiry consists of writing ethnographically, with particular emphasis on the attitude of the ethnographer. Throughout the data gathering process the emotions involved in getting hurt and in forgiving are explored. The analysis of the data will be explained by means of discourse analysis, and theory generation will be clarified by the grounded theory approach.

Keywords: Body/mind, Discourse analysis, Ethnography, Grounded theory, Narrative inquiry, Neuro-linguistic programming
Stream: Language, Linguistics, Knowledge, Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness, Teaching and Learning, Religion, Spirituality, Science, Environment and the Humanities
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Theoretical Grounding of Psychological Enquiry within an Interdisciplinary Context, A

Dr Beate Von Krosigk

Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Psychopathology, University of South Africa
South Africa

I completed my undergraduate studies in Italian and German at the University of Stellenbosch and later did undergraduate and post graduate studies in Psychology at the University of South Africa (Unisa). I qualified as an NLP practitioner and as an educational kinesiologist in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since 1993 I lecture in the Department of Psychology at undergraduate level in Psychopathology to approximately 3000 students per year, and on postgraduate level in Psychopathology to approximately 500 students per year. In addition I supervise Master's and Doctoral theses and serve as internal examiner for all the students I have mentioned. Research outputs include conference presentations on forgiveness and communication.

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