Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Firefighters and the experience of increased intuitive awareness during emergency incidents
by Mondragon-Gilmore, Joy, Ph.D., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014, 151; 3712711
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative study uses phenomenology as its method of inquiry to examine increased intuitive capabilities experienced by firefighters during emergency incidents. Firefighters provide immediate crisis intervention and are often faced with exposure to traumatic incidents that demand rapid and spontaneous decisions. The emphasis of this investigation is placed on the phenomenological implications of unconscious motivations that target spontaneous tactical and strategic split-second decisions. Intuition is the basis from which implicit decision-making practices emerge during emergency-scene management. Increased intuitive awareness simultaneously arises from, and is a reaction to, the activation of rapid decision making when exposed to crisis situations. Through the oral documentation of the lived experiences of on-scene firefighter managers (battalion chiefs and captains), this investigation expands the literature concerning the activation of intuition.

Attempts to define intuition during critical incidents can often lead to a generalization that overlooks the importance of cultural implications of the diverse firefighter population. The findings in this study recognize commonly held interpersonal, group organizational, and sociocultural personality identities of the 21st-century American firefighter. Thematic constructs of firefighter personality formulations expand the multiple dimensions of explicit and implicit characteristics of firefighters’ occupational subjective and collective personality preferences that correlate with specific inherent tendencies toward intuitive decisions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gabrinetti, Paul
Commitee: Fincher, Holly, Wirth, Bonnita
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 76/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Occupational psychology, Cognitive psychology, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Archetype, Decision-making, Firefighters, Intuition, Secondary trauma, Unconscious
Publication Number: 3712711
ISBN: 9781321897180
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