Liminal moods and sense-making under conditions of uncertainty




Mood, affect, liminality, Simondon, sense-making


Researchers have begun to recognize the importance of intuition and strategies of affectively grounded sense-making, specifically in the context of late modern societies which are characterized by high degrees of uncertainty, risk and rapidly changing environments. In fact, affectivity has been considered one of the most central features of today´s permanently liminal forms of life. However, the roles of different varieties of affective experience have not yet been fully taken into consideration. Drawing from Gilbert Simondon´s theory of individuation, we here focus on moods specifically and develop a theoretical perspective on how moods functionally contribute to situated sense-making under conditions of uncertainty. We thereby hope to contribute to solving some of the problems psychologists keep having with mood experiences. At the same time, we think that our approach will prove fruitful for studying processes of sense-making in undecided and open (social) environments

Author Biographies

Markus Wrbouschek, Faculty of Psychology, University Vienna Vienna, Austria Faculty of Psychology, Sigmund Freud University Vienna Vienna, Austria

Markus Wrbouschek is a psychologist and has been teaching qualitative research methods, social psychology and philosophy of science at different universities since 2009. Since 2014 he is a member of the scientific staff of the Faculty of Psychology at the SFU. His research activities focus on the psychology of emotions and social psychology.

Thomas Slunecko, Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.

Thomas Slunecko works at the Department for Basic Psychological Research at the University of Vienna. Starting with his habilitation treatise in 2002, he has developed an approach to cultural psychology which is inspired by media theory, phenomenology, systems theory, and cultural philosophy and, thus, quite interdisciplinary in nature. Thomas Slunecko has a long-standing expertise in qualitative research methods, especially in metaphor, discourse, dispositif, and picture analysis. He is the scientific head of the Vienna based independent Institut für Kulturpsychologie und qualitative Sozialforschung (IKUS), has held functions in the steering committee of the Gesellschaft für Kulturpsychologie, is an editorial board member of Journal für Psychologie, Culture & Psychology, and Integrative Psychological & Behavioral Science, co-editor of a book series in social scientific image interpretation (publisher: Barbara Budrich) and of another book series on psychotherapy (publisher: facultas/UTB), a licensed psychotherapist and full member of the Austrian Psychotherapy Council.




How to Cite

Wrbouschek, M., & Slunecko, T. (2021). Liminal moods and sense-making under conditions of uncertainty. International Review of Theoretical Psychologies, 1(1).