TITLE

OBSERVATION: A SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS

AUTHOR(S)
Hartung, Frank E.
PUB. DATE
August 1984
SOURCE
Humanity & Society;Aug84, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p319
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents a psychological analysis of symbolism. An attempt is made to elucidate certain primary aspects of symbolism. The first is the concurrence of the past and the present. The second is the abstraction of objects. The analysis of this aspect shows that interpretation is necessary in order to recognize an object as being of a certain character. Interpretation requires that one always infers a given object to be an object with certain attributes, possessing certain degrees of given variables. A conclusion drawn from studying the process through which objects are recognized for what they are thought to be, is that observation necessitates the learning of symbolism. The third aspect is the symbolic community. For any person to be able to symbolize requires his learning to do so in active interaction with other, already symbolically-acting human beings. It is through this symbolic learning that one acquires knowledge. Hence practically all the objects one comes to know are public objects in the public domain. They tend to be modified as new knowledge is developed, or as one's range of organized experience is modified. The last section of the study is devoted to a consideration of social psychological reality. It is shown that one's conception of reality tends to accord with the content of one's sociocultural experience.
ACCESSION #
11661111

 

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