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Professional Coaching, Plato’s Cave and the Sociology of Knowledge

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While objectivism is based on the assumption that there is a constant reality to which one can refer (through the use of language and other symbol/sign systems) and static constructivism is based on an assumption that there is a constant societal base for our constructions of reality, dynamic constructivism is based on the assumption that the mode and content of discourse and the relationship(s) that underlie this discourse are the closest thing we have to “reality.” We are constantly reconstructing our reality because this reality is based on the specific relationship through which we are engaged via our discourse. We are not confined to Plato’s cave, because the relationship and the discourse is itself reality—it is not just a reflection of reality. Consequently, the process of coaching becomes a powerful (even critical) process, for it can alter reality for both the client and coach.

Societal narratives of our time and our self

We are often distant from many of the most important events that impact on our lives. We live in a complex, global community and have many connections to a vaster world. Our colleagues in the St. Vincent De Paul organization no longer can operate in isolation from the changing world around them. Vincentians must address the challenges of this changing world. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the Executive Director is looking for some younger volunteers and is seeking to link with other agencies in Singapore and elsewhere in the world.

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