Epiphanies : an existential philosophical and psychological inquiry

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dc.contributor McDonald, Matthew Gerard en_AU
dc.date.accessioned 2007-03-14T01:52:44Z
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-15T03:52:03Z
dc.date.available 2007-03-14T01:52:44Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-15T03:52:03Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2100/264
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/20091
dc.description University of Technology, Sydney. School of Leisure, Sport and Tourism. en_AU
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this inquiry is to investigate the relatively under-researched and under- developed nature of positive change and transformation that is sudden and abrupt, as defined by the term epiphany. A review of the literature across the disciplines of sociology, literary studies, education and psychology pertaining to epiphanies revealed a modest and disparate body of knowledge. As yet only two studies to date have developed and tested a conceptual framework describing and explaining epiphanies, both situated in the theoretical perspectives of developmental, clinical, cognitive and behavioural psychology. Due to the sparseness of the epiphanic literature, a thorough review was undertaken, producing a set of six core characteristics, which were tested and interpreted from a self-identity existential perspective. Existential philosophy and psychology provide an understanding of human experiences based on personal meaning and the essential realities of the human condition. In order to encapsulate an existential theory of knowledge, a narrative approach to methodology was employed to collect, analyse and interpret participants' epiphanies, from which three main conclusions were drawn. Firstly, an epiphany is a profound illumination of the inauthentic and authentic modes of self-identity, which provide the impetus for a more honest and courageous encounter with the conditions of existence. Secondly, the participants' life-stories illustrate that an epiphany is a valid experience as indicated by support for the set of six core characteristics developed from the literature. Lastly, an epiphany is an intentional experience made significant and enduring by the ascription of personal meaning. en_AU
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dc.rights http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/disclaimer.html en_AU
dc.rights Copyright Matthew G McDonald en_AU
dc.subject Epiphanies. en_AU
dc.subject Change. en_AU
dc.subject Psychology. en_AU
dc.subject Existential. en_AU
dc.subject Philosophical. en_AU
dc.title Epiphanies : an existential philosophical and psychological inquiry en_AU
dc.type Thesis (PhD) en_AU


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