Title: Reflexivity and Psychology
Collection: Yearbook of Idiographic Science
Writer: Giuseppina Marsico, Ruggero Andrisano Ruggieri, Sergio Salvatore
Hardcover: 398 pages
Writer: Info Age Publishing (November 17, 2015)
Reflexivity is a class that’s too interesting to not arouse curiosity. It’s a idea largely subtle in a number of psychological domains, in addition to related to epistemological, theoretical, methodological and sensible discussions. On the similar time, it’s a very polysemic notion, understood and utilized in many various methods. If one approaches the notion and tries to determine the semantic boundaries of its utilization, the seeming solidity of the time period fades away, and a somewhat liquid semantic area emerges – a subject the place a number of interpretations coexist, being contingent to the context of the dialogue by which they’re carried out. That is the rationale that makes the notion of reflexivity a prototypical instance of the difficulties encountered by Psychology – and extra usually social sciences -in the trouble to outline their very own language. The time period "reflexivity" – like many others the language of Psychology is filled with – is utilized in every day life and thus its semantics is formed by the pragmatic, contingent features it serves in such communicational circumstances. The obvious – from afar – clearness of the idea doesn’t concern its conceptual, epistemic standing, however the capability of the signal to contribute efficaciously to mediate and regulate the change. The theoretical elaboration of the notion of reflexivity could be seen as one of many methods of performing the difficult process of creating an intentional language for Psychology. By engaged on such a notion one can understand that widespread sense lies on the core of psychological science and what it means to separate the previous from the latter, in order to pursue the foundational process of creating Psychology as a theory-driven science.