The Use of Unusual Psychological Theories in Psychobiography: A Case Study and Discussion

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du Plessis, Carol and Stones, Christopher R.. 2019. "The Use of Unusual Psychological Theories in Psychobiography: A Case Study and Discussion." Mayer, Claude-Helene and Kovary, Zoltan (ed.) New Trends in Psychobiography. Cham, Switzerland. Springer. pp. 209-227
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The Use of Unusual Psychological Theories in Psychobiography: A Case Study and Discussion

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3337
Book TitleNew Trends in Psychobiography
Authorsdu Plessis, Carol (Author) and Stones, Christopher R. (Author)
EditorsMayer, Claude-Helene and Kovary, Zoltan
Page Range209-227
Chapter Number12
Number of Pages19
Year2019
PublisherSpringer
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
ISBN9783030169527
9783030169534
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-16953-4_12
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-16953-4_12
Abstract

This chapter argues for the use of ‘unusual’ theories in psychobiographical research through the presentation of a case study using such a theory. Historically, psychobiographical research has predominantly made use of the work of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theorists and developmental theorists, while more recent psychobiographical approaches have preferred more modern, empirically based. However, over reliance on a few theories within psychobiographical research creates the possibility for narrow explanations of complex lives. Given the proliferation of theoretical modes in psychology the current use of theory barely scratches the surface of available explanatory paradigms. This chapter argues for the value of casting the explanatory net wider, and for the inclusion of more psychological theories in psychobiographical work.
Using a psychobiographical case study, the chapter illustrates how a ‘forgotten’ psychological theory (script theory, based on the work of Tomkins) can serve as an extremely useful explanatory paradigm for a complex religious figure. The case study focuses on Gordon Hinckley (b. 1910, d. 2008), the fifteenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (commonly referred to as the Mormon Church), who remains a prominent figure in contemporary Mormonism and played a key role in the rapid growth and increasingly positive public profile of the Religion throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Using Tomkins’ script theory in conjunction with a psychobiographical method and the analysis of data gathered from published speeches, this study explores Hinckley’s personality structure and identifies three core psychological scripts.

KeywordsGordon Hinckley, Psychobiography, Script Theory, Silvan Tomkins, Latter Day Saints, Mormomism
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520504. Psychology of religion
520105. Psychological methodology, design and analysis
Byline AffiliationsSchool of Psychology and Counselling
Rhodes University, South Africa
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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