What imagination can teach us about higher mental functions

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The chapter uses the history of the concept of imagination as example of how psychology creates a normative model of mental processes that affects our understanding of development. Following the traditional hierarchy of psychological functions, with abstract rationality on top, we fail to understand
psychological life as it develops in its manifold manifestations. In such a way, we have neglected the role of imagination as higher mental function despite large evidence. In the second part, the chapter presents a new way of understanding imagination. Imagination is neither bringing us in fictional world where we can
find relief to the disquieting spectacle of the world, nor a sandbox in which we can play with alternative futures. It is one of the higher mental functions that makes the world how we experience it and how we are striving to experience it. The imaginative process plays a self-regulative function toward the ambivalent
nature of experience and uncertainty of change during development, through semiotic elaboration of meaning in both linguistic and iconic form.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelPsychology as the Science of Human Being : The Yokohama Manifesto
RedaktørerJaan Valsiner, Giuseppina Marsico, Nandita Chaudhary, Tatsuya Sato, Virginia Dazzani
Antal sider15
Vol/bindPart II
ForlagSpringer
Publikationsdato2016
Sider149-164
ISBN (Trykt)978-3-319-21093-3
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-3-319-21094-0
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2016
NavnAnnals of Theoretical Psychology
Vol/bind13

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