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Lecture 31

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PSYO 3280
Dr.Simon Sherry

Friday, Nov. 23 2012 PSYO 3280 Personality Psychology Why did van Gogh Cut Off His Ear → Reasons for why van Gogh cut off this ear: - Related to the engagement of his brother who was his financial and emotional support - Homosexual impulses that van Gogh may of had towards Gauguin #14? Gauguin ‘cut off Van Gogh’s ear’ BBC News, 2009, May 5 → Vincent van Gogh did not cut off his own ear but lost it in a fight with fellow artist Paul Gauguin in a row outside a brothel, it has been claimed. Criteria to Evaluate Explanations and Interpretations (Runyan, pp. 1074 – 1075) a. Logical soundness b. Comprehensiveness in accounting for puzzles c. Survival against falsification d. Consistency with range of evidence - You as a psychobiographer needs to show what the range of evidence is and your theory has to be consistent with this e. Support from general knowledge about human functioning - Needs to make sense, connect to, get support from general knowledge which could include theory or what we know about the person f. Credibility relative to other explanatory hypothesis - If other people have come up with psychobiography’s or another accounts that seem reasonable then yours needs to be credible with respects to those and have some response from most readers that your account is worth considering and makes some sense Exemplary Lives, Carlson → Tomkins script theory  Nuclear Script:predominance of negative affect; good scene turns bad; ambivalence (dualistic) or conf
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