Julie Abbou

  Research and work in all fields of psychology, that is, individual, social, corporate, organizational, educational, and other psychologies, as vast and as intricately complex as they may appear, we can approach from a multiplicity of methodological and epistemological perspectives. Any of these offers a starting point for increased conceptualizations of method and methodology in Psychology research. More so, the analysis of psychologies, which serve to connect the various strands and fields of psychology, exhibit and embody common themes and frameworks. Ego and identity, two constructs which intertwine methodologically and inRead More

Posted On October 1, 2015By hadzantonisIn 2015-oct-20, 2015-oct-20-fm

Critical theory: Part 4

In Parts 1, 2, and 3 of Critical theory, we introduced Critical theory. I discussed that it represents both a school of though and a methodology. I noted that Critical theory works on at least four levels. At the first level, at its simplest, Critical theory requires the critic to have a sound knowledge context. The second level, to aid a Critical theory methodology, the reader positions the text and the audience in various strategic ways. However, we can take this further. At a third level, agency moves toward the reader in aRead More

Posted On September 30, 2015By hadzantonisIn 2015-sep-19, 2015-sep-19-fm

Critical theory: Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2 of Critical theory, I introduced the methodology, its fundamental framework, and the first of a proposed 4 types of modus operandi. For the first level, I discussed Critical theory as a thorough review and interpretation of a text and its subjective set of contexts. For the second level, we view Critical theory as a way in which the the reader positions the text and the audience, that is the reader. As we read text, we continuous place ourselves in positions of semiotic correctness, and henceRead More

Posted On September 1, 2015By hadzantonisIn 2015-sep-19, 2015-sep-19-fo

Layering Ontology: Part 1

When we speak of Ontology, we speak of the nature of being. To ground discussions of Ontology, we would do well to set definitions; definitions which will be contested throughout the discussion. In classical, ancient, and Hellenistic Greek, the term for I am, the auxiliary verb, Είμαι (Ihmeh), the I in the state of becoming, that is, enacting rge self. This has transferred to the English be-ing, which suggests a continual process of developing the presence of self, be. This being then, predicated on the actions of oneself, must continually change, andRead More

Posted On August 1, 2015By hadzantonisIn 2015-aug-18, 2015-aug-18-fm

Critical theory: Part 2

In part 1 of Critical theory, I introduced the methodology, and its fundamental framework. But how does Critical theory operate? I suggest that Critical theory operates on (at least) four different levels, each of which I will elaborate on separately. The first level, at its simplest, requires the critic to have a sound knowledge of a/the context. The critic or analyst determines inconsistencies and contradictions between the text, and the knowledge and beliefs of the analyst. The analyst subsequently argues for realignment of the text with current beliefs. Here, the critic/analyst should notRead More
I previously spoke about the significance of the PhD candidate becoming the PhD study. What are some ways in which to accomplish this? To ontologically reflect the PhD study direction requires a shift in the whole self, and not solely the cognitive, and hence to life-practice the framework applied to the research. The work required to accomplish this need not be broad in scope, where small epistemic reassessments, as well as those of the self, can go a long way. Intensity and depth of investigation can match and even surpass scope in theRead More