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    I feel like a scrambled egg in my head: an idiographic case study of meaning making and anger using interpretative phenomenological analysis

    Eatough, Virginia and Smith, Jonathan A. (2005) I feel like a scrambled egg in my head: an idiographic case study of meaning making and anger using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice 78 , pp. 1-24. ISSN 1476-0835.

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    Abstract

    What does it feel like when one’s meaning making is impoverished and threatens to break down? The aim of this study is to show how meaning making is achieved in the context of one’s life and how this achievement is often a struggle for the individual. The study reports data from semi-structured interviews with a female participant, which was analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). This paper examines how cultural discourses and conventions are experienced and given meaning by the individual. First, the analysis demonstrates how dominant discourses are used to explain anger and aggression. These include hormones, alcohol, and the influence of past relationships on present action. Second, it examines how the participant’s meaning making is often ambiguous and confused, and how she variously accepts and challenges available meanings. Finally, the analysis demonstrates how meaning making can break down and the consequences of this for the individual’s sense of self.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Virginia Eatough
    Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2014 10:54
    Last Modified: 31 Jul 2019 19:50
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/10260

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