LauraLynn Jansen, Ph.D. is a 2023 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
LauraLynn Jansen at her Dissertation Defense.
From L-R: Dr. Harriet Schwartz, Committee Member, Dr. Donna Ladkin, Committee Chair, Dr. Karen Blakeley, Committee Member.
- Donna Ladkin, Ph.D., Committee Chair
- Harriet Schwartz, Ph.D., Committee Member
- Karen Blakeley, Ph.D., Committee Member
humanizing, humanization, Human Library, dehumanizing, rehumanizing, stigma, leadership, critical incident method
This dissertation delves into the intricate dimensions of humanization by shifting the analytical focus from denial and exclusion to affirmative aspects of inclusion. The central aim of this research is to unravel the mechanisms underlying the process of humanization, or how individuals perceive and internalize their being recognized as human beings. Employing the critical incident technique, this research methodically examined the lived experiences of a highly diverse group of individuals living with varying social stigmas and how they experience humanization. This research displays the intricate interplay of language, actions, and sensory elements engendered before, during, and after a humanizing moment. Several key findings and contributions to theory and practice emerged from this study. A dominant revelation of this study is somatic cueing’s role within the humanizing process and how it underscores the wholistic nature of this phenomenon. Moreover, this research highlights how genuine acknowledgment is significant in shaping a humanizing encounter. This research also unveils that the humanizing process is not unidirectional; the effect of humanization can traverse various directions within an interaction. Lastly is the dynamism of certain humanizing characteristics, such as empathy, and how they can morph in capacity to serve the entire humanizing process. Some of the findings resonated with extant literature emphasizing the importance of personal awareness and self-reflection, along with the vital role of real-time implementation between individuals. Overall, this research advocates for proactive measures that extend beyond theoretical understanding. In conclusion, this dissertation enriches the discourse on humanization by explaining the complex processes that facilitate humanization. Through a meticulous exploration of lived experiences, this study advances the understanding of humanization as a dynamic, multidimensional process. By underscoring the potency of genuine acknowledgment, somatic cues, and reciprocal interactions, this research offers a comprehensive framework for fostering humanizing encounters. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA (https://aura.antioch.edu/) and OhioLINK ETD Center (https://etd.ohiolink.edu).
Jansen, L. (2023). Mokṣa, Seeking a Humanizing Way of Being: I am Recognized. I am Acknowledged. I am Human.. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/978
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