Relational Being: Beyond Self and Community
This book builds on two current developments in psychology scholarship and practice. The first centers on broad discontent with the individualist tradition in which the rational agent, or autonomous self, is considered the fundamental atom of social life. Critique of individualism spring not only from psychologists working in the academy, but also from communities of thera...more
Hardcover, 418 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 2009)
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I am fond of Gergen's writing on social construction because I think it has potential to really change the way people perceive and relate to the world, and this book has plenty of that perspective. The formulation of human existence as being relational prior to individuality is certainly provocative and worth exploring, but it can be taken too far. I think Gergen overstates the supremacy of language over thought here (and elsewhere), so it is important to realize when reading this that it is a r...more