Chapter

Improvisational Selves

Ruthann Knechel Johansen

in Listening in the Silence, Seeing in the Dark

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780520231146
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927766 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231146.003.0007
Improvisational Selves

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This chapter provides a synoptic view on how Erik's family underwent personal and professional improvisation, both individually and collectively, when they were resuming their normal lives following his accident. The most important concern of the family was professional support for Erik's rehabilitation. Erik's family members helped him monitor his fluctuating reliability of his judgments and his impulsiveness, and were concerned for his life away from home. They weighed the opportunities and challenges which he would encounter as he began college, and concluded that college would contribute both to the normalizing for which he, and all head-injured individuals, desperately yearned, and to his continuing rehabilitation. Erik's attention span had improved dramatically, but he still struggled to hold a focus when multiple stimuli or background noise distracted him. A doctor told him that he would receive the greatest benefit from the rehabilitation programs if he would devote at least one to three hours daily to practice.

Keywords: stimuli; psychological state; self-awareness

Chapter.  11810 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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