Collected Papers on Trajectory Equifinality Approach
Part 1 Chronogenesis: Introduction to TEM
Chapter 1 Time in Life and Life in Time: Between Experiencing and Accounting
Part 2 Emergence of TEM
Chapter 2 Minding Money: How Understanding of Value is Culturally Promoted
Chapter 3 Development, Change or Transformation: How can Psychology Conceive and Depict Professional Identify Construction?
Chapter 4 Beyond Dichotomy: Towards Creative Synthesis
Part 3 Development of TEM
Chapter 5 Sampling Reconsidered: Idiographic Science and the Analyses of Personal Life Trajectories
Chapter 6 Depicting the Dynamics of Living the Life: The Trajectory Equifinality Model
Chapter 7 The Authentic Culture of Living Well: Pathways to Psychological Well-Being
Appendix 1 Historically Structured Sampling (HSS): How can Psychology’s Methodology Become Tuned in to the Reality of the Historical Nature of Cultural Psychology?
Appendix 2 Brief Practice for Using Trajectory Equifinality Model (TEM): As a General Tool for Understanding the Human Life Course within Irreversible Time
This booklet consists of some papers on the Trajectory Equifinality Approach (TEA). These papers have appeared in journals and book chapters for more than the past decade. From them, readers can understand how TEA itself has transformed over the years. Although readers might get confused, this transformation indicates further transformation may occur in the future, and I sincerely hope that new readers promote such a future-oriented transformation of TEA. TEA is a kind of frame-game, like Linux. Therefore, you can use it with no permission with reference and create new ideas on TEA.
The Trajectory Equifinality Approach (TEA) has a definite birthday: January 25, 2004. About a decade ago, I welcomed Jaan Valsiner of Clark University, USA (now of Aalborg University in Denmark) as an invited professor of Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, where we held a symposium on cultural psychology. I presented my research on pocket money using a basic idea of equifinality in developmental phenomena, after Valsiner (2001b, 2003a). Immediately following this symposium, Professor Valsiner proposed that I write a chapter on TEM. He then decided to transform the symposium on cultural psychology at Beijing, and a presentation concerning TEM was given on the psychology stage on August 12, 2004 (Sato, Yasuda et al., 2004).
Ten years after the first chapter on TEA was written (Valsiner & Sato, 2006), the first English language book on TEA, Making the future (Sato et al., 2016), appeared. Colleagues from different countries (i.e., Colombia, Estonia, Denmark, and Switzerland) contributed to the book. I am thrilled that TEA has become a common “methodology” used worldwide in cultural psychology. I am also glad this booklet (of collected papers) will help researchers who have an interest in describing the process of human life course.
Papers collected within this booklet have their own history. Many people have made direct and indirect contributions to the papers collected herein. I am deeply grateful to all my coauthors. Without their ideas, inspiration, and support, this booklet may have never appeared.
This publication was supported by Ritsumeikan University Program for Promotion of Academic Publication.
January 1, 2017
Tatsuya Sato, Ph.D.