Searching for the Spark
Searching for the Spark is an investigation into interpersonal relationships, what causes their generation, and how they are manipulated through external means. Through secondary investigation psychological, biological, and cultural influence are examined and analyzed in order to understand and find the root of human social behavior. These explorations supported development of my final thesis of undergrad.
An exploratory zine that embodied the exploration of interpersonal relationships. I delved into the lens of how emotional intelligence is portrayed through the lens of the big 5 psychological personality traits. I also intended for this piece to intersect of contemporary issues and debates. The objective behind this was to help make these psychological concepts that were new to me, approachable and relatable to myself as well as others.
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