An Interpretation of the Continuous Adaptation of the Self/Environment Process

By Chris Francovich.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Insights into the nondual relationship of organism and environment and their processual nature have resulted in numerous efforts at understanding human behavior and motivation from a holistic and contextual perspective. Meadian social theory, cultural historical activity theory (CHAT), ecological psychology, and some interpretations of complexity theory persist in relating human activity to the wider and more scientifically valid view that a process metaphysics suggests. I would like to articulate a concept from ecological psychology – that of the affordance, and relate it to aspects of phenomenology and neuroscience such that interpretations of the self, cognition, and the brain are understood as similar to interpretations of molar behaviors exhibited in social processes. Experience with meditation as a method of joining normal reflective consciousness with ‘awareness’ is described and suggested as a useful tool in coming to better understand the nondual nature of the body.

Keywords: The Self, Ecological Psychology, Non-dual Models of the Self, Organism/Environment Relations

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.307-322. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 700.156KB).

Chris Francovich

Chair & Assistant Professor, Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, USA

Chris Francovich is assistant professor in Gonzaga University’s doctoral program in leadership studies. Chris’ work focuses on the dynamics of the self-in-society and the implications of this interpretation on ethical, normative, and cultural practices. He is currently studying and researching narrative and the influence relationships between settings and people. Chris completed his undergraduate education at Gonzaga in 1980 with a business degree and an Ed.D from Boise State in 1997. His intellectual passion is interdisciplinary studies. Chris is also a senior research analyst for the Northwest Regional Faculty Development Center in Boise, Idaho. This work involves understanding individual and cultural aspects of post-graduate medical education in ambulatory medical clinics. Chris is also a research associate with the Reina Trust Building Institute of Stowe, Vermont. The Institute is devoted to building and sustaining trust in the workplace.

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