A self-study : being a white psychologist in an Indian world by Todd Sojonky

By Todd Sojonky

Who am I as a psychologist? This booklet examines the position of psychologists in go- cultural settings and explores the price of self-knowledge within the perform of psychology. this day many indigenous individuals are nonetheless experiencing a colonial kind of treatment that's rooted in strength imbalances and a controlled health and wellbeing care method. via narrative, tale, poetry and psychotherapy this e-book exhibits the significance of non-public development and informs the perform of being a ‘good psychologist’. It asks the reader to contemplate how cross-cultural studies impression expert psychology discourse and practices in addition to to discover the relationships among dominant psychology structures and cultural enactments.

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They refer to feminist critic Jane Tompkins who calls it “the trashing of emotion” by academic intellectuals who have difficulty accepting what is feeling based or personal. In my work, a research piece that allows for self-discovery or self-creation fits well with the aesthetically and spiritually based culture of First Nations peoples. It removes the possibility of hiding behind some form of social analysis and openly exposes my vulnerability and subjectivity. , 1999, p. 5). Narrative research results in unique and rich data that experiments, surveys, questionnaires, or observations cannot gather.

73). Relevance takes into consideration the importance or significance of the research objectives which may be different for the researcher and the participants. Understanding each other’s expectations and points of view will help the communication process and contribute to building positive relationships. indd 35 4/14/10 6:41:08 PM It is the researcher’s ultimate responsibility to the people involved and the research process itself to ensure that respect and integrity are observed. Researchers must strive to contribute to the field of research by considering the following core questions: How will the research contribute to Aboriginal peoples?

Ellis & Bochner, 2000, p. 744) In writing this thesis, I have used primarily stories to reflect and portray my experiences as a white psychologist in a First Nations world. With the stories, I have also included a number of poems as well as entries from my journal written at various times during my work. Poetry is one form of expression that I used in debriefing the experiences which I had as a psychologist in an Indian world. The poem as one form of narrative can offer insight into how one makes sense of self.

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