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An Existential Systems Framework of Self: The Oneness Model
by De Franco, Paula, Ph.D., Saybrook University, 2020, 146; 28315475
Abstract (Summary)

Within the social and behavioral sciences, since the 1970s, the concept of the self has been a unifying construct. Psychologists Mischel and Morf (2003) noted that the self needs to be conceptualized as an organized system integrating existing contributions of the self as reflected in the decades of cumulative contributions from the sciences, in an effort to understand human behavior. In such a system, the self and its relevant processes are conceptualized as a coherent organization of mental-emotional representations, interacting within the system of constraints that characterize a person. This dissertation introduces such an organized system of self, in which the relevant processes of self-reflection and unbiased processing are conceptualized as a coherent system operationalizing the construct of self.

The method of inquiry undertaken in a theoretical dissertation is articulated and provides a blueprint of the research process undertaken in this study in the process of conceptualizing the Oneness Model. This theoretical study began as an intuitive inquiry into a topic of personal interest to the researcher. A critical thematic review of the research on Authentic Leadership Theory (Walumbwa et al., 2008) and Authenticity Theory literature (Kernis & Goldman, 2006) in relation to the construct of self-awareness was undertaken (Moran, 2004, 2011). The research inquiry then shifts into the field of Dynamic Systems Theory (Thelen & Smith, 1994) and results in a conceptual Model of Self-Awareness.

Chapter 4 provides a discussion of the topics of consciousness, authenticity, and mindfulness in relation to self-awareness, and addresses the difference between a model and a theory, while in Chapter 5 the Oneness Model is operationalized; the assumptions, axioms, and independent variables are introduced, as are the organizational rules and self-organizing principles grounding the O-Model.

Chapter 6 introduces the findings of piloting my theoretical research at academic conferences, demonstrates how the Oneness Model expands on the outdated medical model, and concludes with examples of how the O-Model is an integrative approach that may be applied across settings. In closing, principles of a self-aware thinker, the ethical implications of cultivating self-awareness, and future research are briefly discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schmitt, Robert
Commitee: Schriesheim , Chester, Hoffman , Louis
School: Saybrook University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 82/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Psychology, Cognitive psychology, Experimental psychology
Keywords: Behavior system, Dynamic systems theory, Model of self, New theory, Self, Self-awareness
Publication Number: 28315475
ISBN: 9798582508694
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