Modes of tension work within the complex self
As part of increased attention to the complexity of 'self' and subjectivity, Falmagne recently presented a theory in which 'self' is seen as constituted through the dialectic among processes at societal, local and 'personal' (i.e., agentive) levels. The 'self', so constituted, can be hybrid and filled with tensions, yet it remains substantial rather than fluid. Building from this perspective and related approaches, the aim of this article is to contribute to the growing understanding of self complexity by focusing on how individuals create cohesive 'selves' and 'minds' despite the presence of tension and contradiction. Our focus involves a detailed textual analysis of the 'tension work' that individuals perform as they reason through contradictory beliefs. Based on these analyses, this article identifies three unique strategies for creating cohesion amidst contradiction. Copyright © 2008 SAGE Publications.
Culture and Psychology
Abbey, Emily and Falmagne, Rachel Joffe, "Modes of tension work within the complex self" (2008). Psychology. 805.