Third Principle: Dynamics of Involvement and Self-Transformation

  • Danilo Silva Guimarães
Part of the Latin American Voices book series (LAVIPH)


The term ‘psychology’ was created by humanist renaissance thinkers who, recovering the Greek myth of Psyche, prepared a rational elaboration of some human dimensions referred in the myth and amplified it. The indigenous psychology here proposed is founded on the recognition that a mythical basis underlies all knowledge constructions, and that other myths besides the Greek-Roman and Judeo-Christian ones should participate in this process. The history of interethnic relations is marked by ignorance concerning indigenous peoples’ concepts of person. The notion of person, as it is discussed in each cultural field shows clearly the existence of distinct debate arenas, and a gap between the different dialogical spaces as a nebulous and unknown region. Then, personal self is the person’s symbolic shelter for diversity, a construct that refers to an active field of the person, occupied and cultivated by the culture, with borders that are semi-permeable to dialogue. To a certain point, the person resists the culture’s interventions, gaining some autonomy to direct their own paths in the process of transforming themselves and the world. Besides, the affective body’s activities in the environment are coordinated with others; there is a certain regularity in the different spheres of life. This chapter focuses on how culture cultivates psychological systems through investments that imply the construction of personal self and corporeity.


Affective body Resembling the other Cultural rhythms Myths Ethos Nudity 



This work is supported by FAPESP (grant number 18/13145-0).


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  • Danilo Silva Guimarães
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  1. 1.Institute of PsychologyUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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