About this Research Topic
The ”use of self” and “self as instrument or tool” describes the role of an individual within the context of change. We welcome articles that explore this phenomenon in an organizational setting from three conceptually distinct, yet empirically overlapping perspectives in psychology: intrapersonal, interpersonal, and transpersonal.
First, intrapersonal refers to the ordinary exterior mind, life, and body consciousness. This perspective includes such theoretical domains as personality, intelligences, communication, motivation, social cognition, values, and attitude. The healthy individual typically has a whole awareness of themselves. He or she can identify their personal feelings, goals, fears, strengths, and weaknesses, and can use that awareness to make decisions in their lives and set goals. An individual analyzes situations, clarifies concepts, and reflects upon phenomena. There are three elements that govern intrapersonal perspectives, namely self-concept, perception, and expectation.
Second, interpersonal consists of that part of us that interacts with the environment. The interpersonal approach provides both a structure by which key individual differences can be described and understood, as well as a representation for mapping the dynamic, transactional aspects of human relations. The human experience is seen as fundamental as empathy, attachment, alliance, and adaptation, and its failures.
Third, transpersonal examines the inner mind or the inner life that when awake opens us to our true real eternal self. Transpersonal psychology is a sub-field or "school" of psychology that integrates the spiritual and transcendent aspects of the human experience with the framework of modern psychology. These aspects are experiences in which the sense of identity or self extends beyond (trans) the individual or personal to encompass wider aspects of humankind, life, psyche, or cosmos.
Whether authors inquire through one or more of these perspectives, we want to explore how to bring our self as instrument into an ever-changing world. We welcome articles that elevate beyond ordinary research - we wish to include unusual and exciting perspectives that foster interdisciplinary dialogue. Key research questions that we would like to see addressed include, but are not limited to:
• What has been examined to date with regard to these perspective in organizations? What methodologies have been used? What did we learn? What is next?
• How can the self as instrument be used within these three perspectives, and be applied to change on a personal, group, organization, or transorganizational level? What is possible now, that was not possible before?
• How can this framework be used to impact the well-being and vitality of organizations?
• What role does self play within the three perspectives for leaders, consultants, activists, scholars, educators, and students?
• What questions can we ask concerning these three perspectives individually or collectively in organizations? What questions are being asked within each perspective? Can these questions be asked of all three perspectives?
Keywords: self as Instrument, use of self, transpersonal, intrapersonal, interpersonal
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