Using Mandala theory to explore a successful research relationship

Noble, Karen and Henderson, Robyn ORCID: (2010) Using Mandala theory to explore a successful research relationship. In: Sustaining synergies: collaborative research and researching collaboration. Post Pressed, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 14-24. ISBN 978-1-921214-74-5

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Individuation was the central concept of Jung’s (1965) analytical psychology, understood as the process of integrating the conscious with the unconscious while still maintaining conscious autonomy. Jung believed that the use of mandalas – concentric circles – had significant psychological and spiritual dimensions. Mandala Theory provides a means for centring or for inner reconciliation, bringing the often unconscious into the conscious. It is a means of examining one’s conceptions at a particular point in time. In more recent times, notions of presence and space have been used to theorise the coupling of perception and action within particular contexts.

In this chapter, circles of collaboration – based on an interpretation of Armstrong’s (2003) The circles (henceforth called ‘the circles’) – are used as a means of recognising constraints and enablers in the construction of a research community. Through a focused conversation, two researchers reflect on their established research relationship and how this might inform collaborative research activities more broadly. Beyond achieving above average research outputs, this exercise made it apparent that strength is recognised where the initial respect for the individual instigates a broadening social network. Success is perceptible when each member sees her/himself as part of the sum of the whole.

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Additional Information: Chapter 2. Accepted version deposited with blanket permission of publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2011 03:07
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2018 04:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mandala theory; circles of collaboration
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170202 Decision Making
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology > 520402 Decision making
39 EDUCATION > 3999 Other Education > 399999 Other education not elsewhere classified
50 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES > 5001 Applied ethics > 500107 Professional ethics
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