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The Toolbox System (TS): Thesis on the potential to foster self–awareness and other-awareness using semiotics

De La Espriella, Mithzay (2012) The Toolbox System (TS): Thesis on the potential to foster self–awareness and other-awareness using semiotics. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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Based on the increasing demand for resources to enhance self--‐esteem, the Toolbox System (TS) is a framework of tools devised to foster the development of self--‐awareness and other--‐awareness in its users. This thesis presents my research on and conceptualisation of the TS. It proposes the use of Semiotics and recursion as tools to manage concepts of awareness. The use of Semiotics involves, but is not limited to, the analysis of texts such as photos, videos, artworks, and the like. This creates a context that allows the users to engage in inductive, deductive, and abductive reasoning. The aim is for users to gain clarity about their values and convictions, using tools to evaluate worldviews and establish meaning. This triggers a process of cultivation, which can potentially lead to self--‐actualisation and the development of empathy. The process of cultivation refers to Simmel’s thoughts on culture. For the purposes of the thesis, cultivation is considered key in the development of the individual’s sense of identity and purpose, thus impacting culture. The tools that could be included in the TS are not limited. While the TS uses semiotic concepts and techniques, the toolbox may contain other tools from various disciplines. The thesis refers to tool samples drawn from theories and research on individual needs, values and motivation, and self--‐perception among others. Although referring to various disciplines, the TS is designed to introduce the use of Semiotics in the area of self--‐development, making a significant contribution to both fields.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Media, Communication and Culture
Supervisor(s): Van Osselaer, Pierre and Richardson, Ingrid
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