The space in between: Rethinking human connections

Barbara Landon (2003)

By and large, psychology is a western discipline, influenced by several hundred years of western philosophy and science. This dissertation surveys psychological and other literature for descriptions and clarifications regarding what the author and others have called the space in between. It suggests ways in which a transdisciplinary, multicultural integration of physics, mathematics, biology, anthropology, neuroscience, and other scholarly pursuits can begin to alter psychology's perception and treatment of space. Following literature reviews of intersubjectivity, empathy, dialogue, and ecopsychology, notions of qualitative, phenomenological methodology are applied to construct a series of theoretical statements about space in between. Using as guideposts the core competencies in professional psychology--relationship, assessment, research, consultation and education, supervision and management, and intervention--the author discusses practical applications of a theoretical approach to space in between. Concluding remarks address issues of collective intelligence and the subjective, fragmentary aspect of any one study.