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Kenneth J. Gergen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199846269

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199846269.001.0001

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Multi-Being and the Adventures of Everyday Life

Multi-Being and the Adventures of Everyday Life

(p.133) 5 Multi-Being and the Adventures of Everyday Life
Relational Being

Kenneth J. Gergen

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the dynamics of everyday relations, their harmonies, and their fatalities. More specifically, it considers the concept of multi-being and argues that immersion in multiple relationships makes us rich in potential for relationship, but that the realization of this potential can also be diminished significantly in any given relationship. It first considers related views in early psychoanalysis before turning to more recent inquiries in psychiatry and the social sciences. It then explains how existence in relationship ultimately gives rise to an enormous reservoir of inchoate potentials for action that are shaped, diminished, and expanded in unpredictable ways within the ongoing stream of co-action. It also examines the innate capacity for human coordination from a relational perspective and within the context of bounded being.

Keywords:   everyday relations, multi-being, relationship, action, co-action, bounded being, multiple relationships, psychoanalysis, psychiatry, coordination

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