The present study investigated the dynamics of a single participant's various I-positions (Bakhtin, 1930) using Stephenson's (1985) Q method, analysis of variance, factor analysis, and qualitative assessment of the participant's creative writing. Once a day for 28 days, the participant ranked a randomly generated 18-adjective concourse for her rational I, her emotional me, and the names of five fictional characters that she made up. At the end of each 7 day period, the participant wrote a short story involving the five characters. Quantitative results supported William James' (1890) theory that people often conceptualize themselves as being composed of an I and a me. The results also supported Mikhail Bakhtin's theory that the self is composed of several dynamic I-positions. Factor analysis results were used to provoke creativity via rumination in the participant. Analysis of variance and factor analysis results provided insight and clarified qualitative assessment of the short stories.
|Commitee:||Mayfield, Sandra, Rupp, Gabriel|
|School:||University of Central Oklahoma|
|Department:||Education & Professional studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Oklahoma|
|Source:||MAI 47/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social psychology, Psychology, Experiments, Personality|
|Keywords:||Creative writing, Dialogic, Q method, Qualitative analysis, Rumination, Self-talk|
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