Re: Intersubjectivity

Gary F. Blanchard (
Sat, 03 May 1997 11:34:46 -0700

Dear Bob Green-

Thanks for your post. You quote my earlier comment to you, that:

> >Your examples are exactly what I meant by the challenge of construing
> >appropriately, not merely reading, what is written.

Then you note:

> The problem is determining whose reading is the appropriate one?
My question here is simple: Is this REALLY a problem for you to
understand, or are you just being rhetorical?

I mean, if you say or write something, and then someone responds with a
comment about it, don 't you immediately form an opinion as to whether
they 'read' you 'right' or not? And can't you muster some evidence,
which is acceptable to other observers you regard as qualified?

Or do you not know? Or accept just ANY interpretation? Or are we lost
in hopeless relativism? Or is there some other option I am not mindful


Regarding changing behavior, you wrote earlier:

> I would agree that people can construe in a characteristic way, but I am
> unsure about it being a matter of being preordained. This would seem to me
> to be the basis of the argument, that our world view creates us. For change
> to exist we must also be able to create our world view.

Then you note my response:
> >Precisely. But first we must know that we can, and then we must want
> >to, and then we must learn how, and then we must do it.For many of us,
> >this appears to be so daunting a task as to practically not exist.
> >Agree?

And you say:

> This is more complex than it might seem. People can change without the
> above processes occurring, e.g., as a result of some trauma etc, though
> there must be an interaction between event, the individual and their > social environment. Generally, for change to occur a person has to > believe it is possible or at least want to change in some way.

> However, learning how and doing is much easier said, than done. I don't > believe change is as easy or straightforward as this, though I accept > that you may not be suggesting it is easy. Rather, I am suggesting > that personal change is not like learning to drive better. This has > links to the discussion about the self, who and how does change occur?
> <snip>
Fascinating. Would you give me some examples of what you mean? I would
like to give further thought to your point here.


Best, Gary