In this second volume, following Dolls & Clowns & Things, the author once again explores the symbolic relationship between the self and the object. This time, however, the possible fundamental role of cognitive consonance, characterized here as the ability of the mind to integrate opposing ideas into a single expanded understanding of Self, is studied in terms of how it might relate to the following three categories of intuitive experience. One, my physical object, in which consonance or wholeness expands one's understanding of Self when ideas about youngness and oldness become integrated as part of episodic memories that involve an actual physical (toy) doll. Two, my objectified being, in which consonance takes place when, again, ideas about youngness and oldness become integrated through the metaphoric objectification of certain points located on the human female body. And three, in which consonance develops as youngness and oldness ideas become integrated through a doll as a work of art. Within the theoretical framework of each of these three categories, various psychological dynamics which encompass memory, metaphor, and neuroplasticity, are understood to be essential to the molding and shaping of one's subjective experience of doll.
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About the Author
Lisa Pavlik-Malone holds a PhD in Educational Psychology from Fordham University, New York, USA, with a specialization in cognition. Her doctoral work on the cognitive processes involved in imaginative thought has been published in the Journal of Creative Behavior, and she is the author of the book Dolls & Clowns & Things: Essays for a Symbolic Self (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011). She teaches Developmental Psychology and Educational Psychology at her local college.