This-essay is a8011061.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %INTERNAL VS RELATIONAL ESSENCE 801106 The natural scientists is prone to believe that the essence of an entity is to be found in the internal structure and the internal "state" of the entity. Only when its internal structure and "state" are know is it possible to understand how it will interact with other entities. Its relationships with its context are to be understood in terms of features internal to the entity. There is little that we can learn about another person by studying the internal structure of or the internal "state" of the person. Most of what we can learn by such study does not differ from person to person--- although there are some differences. The individual differences between people are better studied by considering the personal relationships in which the people are, or are not, participants; and the nature of those inter-personal relationships. The essence of a person is to be found in the inter-personal relationships which have played and are playing an essential role in the daily life of the person. Knowledge about internal psychological "states" of the person are unlikely to lead to reliable expectations about contextual relationships; although there are exceptions in pathological instances. When dealing with healthy people we learn more about them contextually than we do by analysis of internal structure and "states". The methods and beliefs of the natural scientists are ill-suited to understanding persons and their personal relationships. When the methods and beliefs of the natural scientists are appropriated by social scientists in their study of persons and personal relationships---what they perceive is seen through the paradigm of the natural scientists, and much that they perceive is created by the paradigm, rather than discovered as an objective reality which is independent of the methodology. To know a person you must be involved in personal relationships with a person. This involvement violates the objective paradigm of the natural scientists. You cannot know a person objectively, and so in knowing the person know the person personally. The paradigm you choose to believe in, creates the reality that you discover. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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