Cultured Resonance, Inverted Synergy and Maintaining Cognitive-emotional Terra Firma via Metacognition: In Furtherance of a Grounded Theory of Mental Health Literacy

By Steve Kusan.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper presents preliminary results from an exploratory study of the literacies community college students from northern Ontario employ in the management of their mental health. Results from the study suggest that metacognitive processes are key determinants of mental health and that these processes are significantly influenced by social factors which are primarily locally informed. The findings further suggest that individuals rely on metacognitive heuristics to protect and promote their mental health. The construct of “cultured resonance” emerges from the data as being intrinsic to the formation of metacognitive heuristics and their ongoing adaptation. Cultured resonance involves the assimilation of information based on its intelligibility and valuation. The findings also suggest that when individuals find themselves traversing psycho-emotional terrain beyond the delimitations of a trusted metacognitive heuristic they are vulnerable to “inverted synergies”. Inverted synergies comprise vortices of thought and emotion that become increasingly distorted and intense until a means of regaining cognitive-emotional terra-firma is intuited, remembered or externally introduced. The constructs of cultured resonance and inverted synergy suggest that adaptation is the default objective of intrapsychic operations and of mind/body grammars. Cultured resonance and inverted synergy warrant further investigation as possible etiological pathways to mental health and mental health complication.

Keywords: Mental Health Literacy, Metacognitive Heuristics, Cultured Resonance, Inverted Synergy, Place and Social Space

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 8, pp.13-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 625.745KB).

Dr. Steve Kusan

PhD Student, Interdisciplinary School of Rural and Northern Health, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Steve Kusan is a PhD Candidate in the Interdisciplinary School of Rural and Northern Health at Laurentian University, Canada, and serves as a counsellor in the Cambrian College Counselling Centre. Prior to commencing PhD studies he worked in child protection, public mental health and private practice as a psychotherapist, mediator, trainer and consultant. He has taught in several departments at Laurentian University including the Department of Law and Justice, School of Social Work, and Centre of Excellence. He is a past president of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation and served on the board of Family Mediation Canada. His current research interests relate to mental health literacy, in particular, lay strategies for maintaining and promoting mental health.

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