Reading for an Interpersonal Maladjustment in a Career

By Ching-Huang Wang, Miao-jen Chang and Ya-mei Chang.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This study puts weight on the qualitative investigation of a Taiwanese woman’s self-guided bibliotherapeutic experience in dealing with her emotional disturbances resulting from her interpersonal maladjustment in her early career life. The research question is: How did a Taiwanese woman apply self-guided bibliotherapy to alleviate her emotional difficulties and come to improve her interpersonal relationship with her colleagues? The sources of data collection included a demographic questionnaire, face-to-face interviews, e-mails, bibliotherapeutic materials, and mind-mapping. The model of the SPRING theory was used as the conceptual framework to analyze the collected data, because the model can describe the participant’s successful self-guided bibliotherapeutic journey. The results of this study revealed the value of self-guided bibliotherapy employed to improve interpersonal relationship. Educationally speaking, teachers, school counselors and librarians may create bibliotherapeutic learning settings to help their students foster their mental literacy for the improvement of their interpersonal relationship, especially in their future careers. Furthermore, interested researchers may conduct identical or further studies associated with reading therapy for the contribution of self-guided bibliotherapy practice, research and theory.

Keywords: Reading, Self-Guided Bibliotherapy, The Model of SPRING Theory, Career, Interpersonal Relationship

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp.1-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.644MB).

Prof. Ching-Huang Wang

Associate Professor, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, National Formosa University, Yun-lin, Taiwan

Ching-huang Wang, Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at National Formosa University in Taiwan, is mainly engaged in research in TESOL, bibliotherapy, identity, critical literacy, and syllabus design.

Miao-jen Chang

Junior, The Department of Applied Foreign Languages, National Formosa University, Dou-liou, Yun-lin County, Taiwan

Senior in the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at National Formosa University in Taiwan.

Ya-mei Chang

Junior, The Department of Applied Foreign Languages, National Formosa University, Dou-liou, Yun-lin County, Taiwan

Senior in the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at National Formosa University in Taiwan.

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