A Theoretical Grounding of Psychological Enquiry within an Interdisciplinary Context: New Possibilities Beyond the Constraints of Past Theory and Practice
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
Dr Beate Von Krosigk
Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Psychopathology, University of South Africa