Talk:Psychic distance

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A quotation [1] and references that might be useful to those with the knowledge to extend and connect this page (it is not my area of expertise, but I came on this from another direction):

In 1912, Cambridge's Edward Bullough [2] published a lengthy paper .... In the paper., he set down, in a reasonably complete manner, the concept of [psychical] distance ....

Evidently, he succeeded. Donald Sherburne, for example, says, "Edward Bullough's theory of the Psychical Distance has become a classic doctrine of aesthetic thinking." [3] And James L. Jarrett writes of Bullough's ideas, "Perhaps no more influential idea has been introduced into modern aesthetics than that of psychical distance." [4]

[1] Jerry P. King, The Art of Mathematics (New York: Plenum, 1992) p.196

[2] Edward Bullough, Psychical Distance as a factor in Art and an Aesthetic Principle (British Journal of Psychology: 5 (1912), p87-118)

[3] Donald Sherburne, A Whiteheadean Aesthetic (New York: Yale, 1961) p.108

[4] James L. Jarrett, The Quest for Beauty (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1957) p.111

Also consider a wikilink to emotional detachment and text that should relate these concepts.

King, later in his book, refers to his preference to use the term aesthetic distance rather than psychical distance, as he feels the latter term has misleading connotations in current usage. I note that aesthetic distance is a wiki redirect, and refers the reader into another usage in theatrical terms.

PJLareau (talk) 18:53, 11 January 2008 (UTC)

Agree that it's not much to do with "Psychics" though it's been put in that category. More to do with cultural centricity, even business and marketing. If no-one objects, I'll change the category to others. Am happy to add the reading list, Julia Rossi (talk) 04:12, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
Still going

have largely wikified it and removed tags; would like to–

  1. refine the suggestions and refs above;
  2. move it to "psychical distance" instead so there's no confusion about the term (unless it is the term actually is "psychic" which seems doubtful in the context. Julia Rossi (talk) 05:05, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
Done. Julia Rossi (talk) 05:46, 27 November 2008 (UTC)


Sorry for any errors as I am new to editing Wikipedia, but I have to object to the merging of the 'psychic distance' and 'psychical distance' references. As an academic scholar with several publications on the issue of psychic distance, I can assure you there is no linkage between the two. I have read close to ever major article on psychic distance in the international business literature and I have never before heard any linkage with psychical distance, nor the book by King. I think you have mistakenly merged two distinct constructs. The term psychic distance (within the international business literature) was coined by Beckerman, then cited by Linneman and popularized by the Upsalla school of scholars (Johanson, Vahlne & Weidershiem-Paul). I am not sure how to go about it, but I believe the two should be separated again. IB Scholar (talk) 10:27, 15 March 2009 (UTC)

Hi IB Scholar, thanks so much for bringing it to the talk page before dividing it again. Psychical distances comes up on google searches and psychic distance is the marketing coinage. Psychic distance redirects here and I'm wondering if there's a case for explaining the difference early on in the article and linking to an article on "psychic distance" if you feel the distinction is clear. Your references seem strong so that's the first quality for a separate article. If you feel able to split them up without confusion and making the problem evident within the text, they can perhaps show "see also" in each article. Part of the problem might be that the lay person who comes to wikipedia can be confused by the term "psychic distance" because it has other associations. If you need any help, ask, but if you feel you have a good case, go ahead imho. Cheers, Julia Rossi (talk) 22:24, 17 March 2009 (UTC)

Hi Julia. I can easily write (or rewrite) a section on psychic distance (that is my area of expertise as an academic) but I must admit I had never even heard of psychical distance before these two were linked together in Wikipedia. As a result, I am rather hesitant to play with the psychical part. —Preceding unsigned comment added by IB Scholar (talkcontribs) 04:04, 27 March 2009 (UTC)

Hi again, two suggestions: if it's just a wikipedic add-on way back in the article, it's possible to reconstruct the article as "Psychic distance" and move it to a new title. The best place to ask for steps might be the Help desk for using wikipedia. I won't be around much in the next few days, but be bold if you can substantially make it over. The other alternative I can think of is to click on the red link here to make a sandbox page of your own where you write it and get some feedback on your work beforehand. Julia Rossi (talk) 10:02, 27 March 2009 (UTC)

I moved it to Psychic distance. Bhny (talk) 21:23, 22 September 2012 (UTC)