I am intrigued by how the individual conceives of an experience and orients themselves through their interpretive lens. I am not suggesting that there be a right or wrong but that the individual holds conviction of a primary theory; as our theoretical orientation is the model from which we conceive a methodology. Here I am discussing our basis of thought or theory in regard to the individuals thought. Providing a basis in referring to theory, or of a model, I observe theory as a lens for observation.
The concept of an idea is a psychic component which may integrate into the individual’s perceptual experience. From what ideas may emit they can be projected through a medium such as metaphor, or internalized through the undisclosed imaginable realm. I am focusing on how an individual is influenced by an idea, or the intrapsychic experiences that harbor the ideas. When discussing the term idea, Jung informed that he is speaking to the “determination of thought in a thinking type, or of feeling in a feeling type” (p. 439).
I began reading Knowledge Ecology, a specific writing titled Ideas Are Things. My direction for this week was influenced from the writing of Adam Robbert, author of Knowledge Ecology, to address the presence of ideas in regard to psychological methodology and how our perceptual, or interpretive lens provides influence. Here we have the process of introspection that occurs through the medium of imagination, not to the projection of an idea upon an object. I am speaking to how the individual perceives an experience, in the ideas that then emerge. Our perceptions can then be interpreted through a metaphoric lens, a lens that is representative of the individual’s theoretical orientation or methodology. The addict carries with them a particular interpretive lens, one from which ideas may be established and colored. For the addict, the interpretive lens that is present while one is engaged in an addictive process may be different from the lens that they adopted previously.
Richards informed that “If we take method seriously, we are constrained to build theories anchored in the assumptions that method makes” (1990. para. 25).
The individual who has experienced addiction will observe, if you will, the addiction through their interpretive lens. The acquired interpretations through which ideas are then filtered can be tolerable or unmanageable psychological content; this is where we may encounter either an integration or projection. The idea is the potential held as thought, though it may be of fantasy or imagination. For the individual who toils in the chaos of addiction, the idea of wholeness appears bound to the interpretive lens of the addict. As the addict maintains dissociative states to mediate the intolerable experiences, the addict perceives the experiences through their interpretive lens. Their interpretive lens then appears to be a construct of an idea held as a belief, a belief ritualistically bound to the alleviation of intolerable experiences. “The idea is a psychological factor that not only determines thinking but, as a practical idea, also conditions feeling” (Jung, 1921/1990, p. 439).
Robbert (2012) informed:
“The contrast between the revealing and concealing character of the idea speaks to the fact that no single mode of thought has a monopoly on the real; rather, every idea is partial and relative to its ecology, capable only of exposing certain features of a more complex landscape” ( Ideas are things, para 1).
Fordham (1960) explained that the “model is a theoretical entity and is used to explain any suitable empirical material under investigation” (Introduction, para 3). My theoretical lens is Jungian, or depth psychology, and my method of research is primarily hermeneutics. However, as a reader, you can see that I seek the thoughts and theoretical formulations from various orientations. I read literature from all methods of thought and interpret this material from a Jungian perspective; I observe the material through a Jungian lens since the ways in which I have interpreted the varieties of material is through my understanding and education of Jungian theory.
Fordham (1960) explained that “theory does not exist in the sense of the empirical material, whether it be a dream, fantasy, everyday talk about events in the outer world, or any text under consideration; it may, however, be an analogue of empirical contents” (Introduction, para 3). When discussing a theoretical orientation or methodology, we can observe the psychological mindset of an addict to be quite similar. From a Jungian lens the addict functions through desires and fantasy, and become seized by a complex. The conceptualization of the addict’s perceived wholeness has be interpretively attained through use; this is the ego’s interpretively successful developmental response to collisions. The addiction that has emerged from the ego’s attempts to manage developmental collisions have proved efficient and responsive. The addict’s theoretical orientation and ideas are bound through the engagement of the addiction. The individual’s lens is not of addiction but of an idea of wholeness, the belief of a found solace.
Fordham, M. (1960). The Relevance of Analytical Theory to Alchemy, Mysticism, and Theology. Journal of Analytical Psychology. 5(2). Retrieved from http://pgi.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=pph&AN=JOAP.005.0113A&site=ehost-live&scope=site
Jung, C. G. (1990). Psychological types. In H. Read, M. Fordham, G. Adler, & W. McGuire (Eds.), The collected works of C. G. Jung (R. F. C. Hull, Trans.) (2nd ed., Vol. 6). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. (Original work published 1921)
Richards, A. (1990). The Future of Psychoanalysis: The Past, Present, and Future of Psychoanalytic Theory. Psychoanalytic Quarterly. 59. Retrieved from http://pgi.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=pph&AN=PAQ.059.0347A&site=ehost-live&scope=site
Robbert, A. (2012). Ideas are things. Knowledge Ecology. Retrieved October 8, 2012, from http://knowledge-ecology.com/2012/08/15/ideas-are-things
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Erik J. Welsh, PhD
– Author of The Addiction Complex