The Experience of Self-Coherence: Self-Coherence as the Hub of All Needs

Lisa Bendixen, Jonathan Hilpert, Lori Olafson, Christine Clark
2021
Self-coherence as the hub of all needs is a novel proposition made by Carol Dweck (2017), and not yet further explored. While supporting self-coherence with a comprehensive review of its presence within behavioral sciences, Dweck does not dive deeper into it, and offers an invitation for further research of its workings. In this study I respond to that invitation. I design a continuation to her theory. I also expand her theory to include what I have found to be missing, but essential,
more » ... components that cannot be ignored within the context of self-coherence as a master sensor of needs. Finally, I frame my design within a new proposed model, which simplifies layers of theoretical complexity and guides the reader through well informed expectations of the workings of self-coherence. This study investigates that proposition through a phenomenological approach to uncover the experience of self-coherence. 24 participants yielded 45 hours of in-depth interview data. Over 700 conceptual codes populated 42 categories and 7 themes during analysis, revealing the essence of the experience of self-coherence as a mechanism of conflict and negotiation between internal and external validation, informed by, and informing, a historical narrative. Importantly, 16 participants identify within the LGBTQ spectrum, including 7 male-to-female transgender individuals, with an 8th being myself, the researcher. Discussion, therefore, touches also on aspects of gender, and relates self-coherence to deep mechanisms of the self, touching upon existential, developmental and educational psychology. Keywords: self-coherence, need, validation, agency, internal validation, external validation, self-narrative, narrative, memory, educational psychology, developmental psychology, existential psychology, existentialism, gender studies, gender, transgender, lgbtq.
doi:10.34917/28340337 fatcat:yusx7ny6gvfcrdngshpd7oeozi