Development of Postformal Thought
Relationships are behaviors in which some shared truths are essential. Shared truth is shared between or among individuals in a family, couple, or society, individuals who each initially have their own views of what is true. Those truths are merged to form a couple’s outlook, or even, as Ferguson (1980) puts it, a “cultural trance.” Relationships are therefore likely to be fertile grounds for the initial logical conflicts that could nurture development of postformal thought. Two or more human knowers each bring their personal truths with them into a relationship. To have an interaction, they must somehow make those truths match in order to communicate. This necessity presents a possibility for them to enlarge their truth to accommodate to the truth of another in order to communicate well. When marriage partners, for example, each try to see the other’s point of view, they may be trying to expand their logics to see reality through another’s logical reality frame. If the framing were complex enough, the intelligence they would be using when they succeed at this task would be postformal.
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