A PSYCHOBIOGRAPHICAL STUDY OF ANTWONE FISHERA thesis submitted in the fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of
Master of Arts in Psychology
of
Rhodes UniversityNicola Wannenburg
603w1753Supervisor: Professor Roelf van NiekerkDecember 2013 ABSTRACTPsychobiographical researchers methodically formulate life histories and interpret
them by means of psychological theories. The research typically focuses on
exemplary and completed lives. The cases that are studied are usually of individuals
who are of particular interest to society as a result of excelling in their particular
fields, be they to society’s benefit or detriment. Antwone Fisher was chosen for this
study using purposive sampling as he meets the psychobiographical requirement of
being an extraordinary individual. Fisher grew up in the Foster Care System and faced
many abusive experiences as child. Despite difficult beginnings, Fisher developed
into a stable and creative adult who excels as a poet, screenwriter and film director.
The primary aim of this study is to describe and interpret the life of Antwone Fisher
through Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development. The data was processed and
analysed using Miles and Hubermans’ general view of qualitative analyses as well as
Alexander’s method of asking the data questions. This study contributes to the
development of psychobiographical research in South Africa as well as to personality
and developmental theory.i ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSI would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the following for their support
throughout this process:Firstly, thank you to my supervisor Professor Roelf van Niekerk for his patience,
guidance, humour and encouragement.My fellow student psychobiographers for sharing ideas.Haggis, Kipper and Hawk for always being there.ii TABLE OF CONTENTSPAGE
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