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SYSTEM / INDUCTIVE

CYCLES OF STRUCTURATION

LANGUAGE TO CONFIRM NO-THING

ABANDON OBJECTIVITY

OBJECTIVITY/OBSCURING

SUBJECTIVE ORIGINS

LANGUAGE OF HYPOTHESIS

COMMON PREFERENCE FOR CERTAINTY OVER MEANING

UNDERSTANDING Vs OBEDIENCE

LAWFUL SUBORDINATION

 

 

SYSTEM / INDUCTIVE

Even the modern materialists, with all their emphasis upon keeping one's eyes open to what is going on, are caught 'observing' their inferences now and then, as if like the dachshund who chased a 'strange animal' around a tree, they had bumped into their own constructs. ...thus in some degree, the observations of the most wide-eyed observer must be regarded as inferential - and therefore constructive - in nature.

George Kelly

 

CYCLES OF STRUCTURATION

Yet none was a passive observer. Each projected himself into his undertaking and thus marked it with his own character. ....Galileo undertook to project his notion of a heliocentric universe into the everyday experience of man. It was for that he was condemned, not for proposing it as an academician's hypothesis, as Copernicus before him had done. Humanistic science is science in the grasp of men, not men in the grasp of science

1969/145

 

LANGUAGE TO CONFIRM NO-THING

It may seem that I am advocating the use of a language in which nothing is ever confirmed. In a sense this is true -- I am! The moment we find it practicable to regard the floor as if it were hard we don't walk away from it leaving it hard, but we always tack a little note on it that says, 'but maybe its something else too'--or instead, 'I'll be back later to see.'

1969/159

 

ABANDON OBJECTIVITY

I have already mentioned one surprise when I said that we would have to abandon prejudice and objectivity both! The very thought of abandoning objectivity sounds just as wicked to the narrowly indoctrinated psychologist of today as the idea of abandoning other forms of revealed truth sounded to the fundamentalists of another generation. Yet the doctrine of objectivity, as currently practiced in our world of psychology, looks to events as if they somehow abstracted themselves and spoke out in their own direct revelations of profound truth.

1969/271-2

 

OBJECTIVITY/OBSCURING

...Escape that common pitfall of so-called objective thinking, the tendency to reify our constructs and treat them as if they were not constructs at all, but actually all the things that they were originally only intended to construe.

69/85

 

SUBJECTIVE ORIGINS

What we tend to do is to accept familiar constructs as downright objective observations of what is really there and to view with great suspicion anything whose subjective origin is recent enough to recognise. The fact that familiar constructs have equally subjective--though possibly more remote-- origins usually escapes us.

 

LANGUAGE OF HYPOTHESIS

...The object of this discourse is only to suggest how a certain kind of language form can enable us to extricate ourselves from the kind of realism to which our so-called objective language system has bound us. Nowhere is this semantic enslavement clearer than in the psychotherapy room. It is there one can see most clearly how man can be trapped by his indicative verbs and how, in turn, he has been led to believe that he must choose between mutually exclusive versions of reality.

69/162.

 

COMMON PREFERENCE FOR CERTAINTY OVER MEANING

We would rather know some things for sure, even though they don't shed much light on what is going on. Knowing a little something for sure, something gleaned out of one's experience is often a way of knowing one's self for sure, and thus of holding on to an identity, even an unhappy identity. And this in turn, is a way of saying that our identities often stand on trivial grounds. If I can't be a man I can, at least, be an expert.

 

UNDERSTANDING Vs OBEDIENCE

A long time ago, so the story goes, man made a fateful decision. He choose to live his life by understanding, rather than obedience. This was doing it the hard way. The outcome as most of you know from the story - if not from making such a decision yourselves - was not a particularly happy one. Because the story didn't have a happy ending. A good many people, including the theologians who regard him as better off before the so-called fall from grace, think Adam bungled things....in any case, man, the poor fellow choose the toil and confusion of knowledge instead of the pleasant and obvious rewards of unquestioning obedience.

69/ 207.

 

LAWFUL SUBORDINATION

But if you lay down a set of legalisms for governing future thought and action there can be only one outcome, and that is this: tomorrow's vast challenges will be met with nothing more astute than yesterday's petty restraints.

69/172

 

 

 

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