What is it about?

The purpose of this qualitative study was to see how participants’ tattoo narratives reflect their way of approaching life. We believe we can see views of self, others, and the world expressed through their tattoo narratives. We included rich participant quotes for you to see for yourself. I consider this article a companion article to "Social interest and the purposive nature of tattoos," both being based on different aspects of my dissertation. For a free e-print of this article, use this link: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/KDEQQU6HGQIFGZVFNCZR/full?target=10.1080/10720537.2022.2164532

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Why is it important?

This research shows a creative way to better understand people with tattoos.


As I have understood their narratives, I have interpreted them for you. I invite you to gain your own understanding as you read this article, using the provided narratives (and my interpretation) to fashion your own interpretation. That's what I call a qualitative experience. In that way, this research offers you an experience of understanding people through the narratives they share around their tattoos, an experience that can help prepare you to approach situations in your private or professional life. At least that is what I believe to be one of the main purposes of qualitative research: a process of assimilation and accommodation that equips you to handle situations more intelligently and successfully.

Dr. Danny L. McCarty
University of South Alabama

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This page is a summary of: Assessing the Adlerian Lifestyle through Tattoo Narratives, Journal of Constructivist Psychology, January 2023, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/10720537.2022.2164532.
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