Creativity and Moral Vision in Psychology: Narratives on Identity and Commitment in a Postmodern Age

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What is the nature of knowledge and moral commitment in a postmodern age of relativism? What drives the creativity and dedication of leaders of a profession? How do professional lives reflect moral identity and development?

To answer these questions, the author of this volume examines seven psychologists' personal accounts of their moral and professional development. In doing so she develops and applies a conceptual framework that links knowledge interests and creativity in professional life to identify development and existential choices.

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Drawing from interviews and autobiographical sketches of seven contemporary psychologists, the author illuminates the purposes and values that inform the life commitments of those in the professions. Part I provides the conceptual and methodological background for the project; Part II comprises the autobiographical sketches; Part III provides a summary and analysis of the narrative, expounding on the larger intellectual context in which the project can be located. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761903772
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Series: Psychology Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Tsoi Hoshmand, Ph.D. is Professor of Counseling and Psychology at Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the author/editor of three books and over forty other publications. Her recent work includes an edited book, Creativity and moral vision in Psychology: Narratives of identity and commitment in a postmodern age (Sage, 1998), an article “Narrative psychology” in the Encyclopedia of psychology (American Psychological Association and Oxford University Press, 1999/2000), the book chapter “Psychotherapy as an instrument of culture” in Critical issues in psychotherapy (Sage, 2001), and an article “Narratology, cultural psychology, and counseling research” (Journal of Counseling Psychology, in press). She has published and presented on cultural psychology, qualitative research methodology, clinical teaching, reflective practice, and transformative education. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a licensed psychologist, she has served on the editorial board of a number of journals in counseling psychology, theoretical and philosophical psychology, and community psychology.

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Table of Contents

1 Knowledge, Creativity, and Moral Identity 3
2 The Professional Psychologist as a Moral Agent 29
3 On Becoming a Psychologist/Educator 50
4 Still the Serendipitous Maverick 67
5 Reflections on Choices: The Road Not Taken 91
6 A Personal Look at Psychology in My Life 106
7 A Professional Life in Family Context 126
8 Send in the Angel 144
9 Summary and Analysis 175
10 Epistemic and Moral Viability in the Postmodern Age 200
Epilogue 210
References 211
Index 219
About the Authors 225
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