Identity And Story: Creating Self in Narrative

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Amer Psychological Assn, 2006 - Psychology - 284 pages
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"In Identity and Story: Creating Self in Narrative, the fourth volume in the Narrative Study of Lives series, Dan P. McAdams, Ruthellen Josselson, and Amia Lieblich (2006) bring together an interdisciplinary and international group of creative researchers and theorists to examine how the stories we tell create our identities. An increasing number of psychologists argue that people give meaning to their lives by constructing and internalizing self-defining stories. The contributors to this volume explore how, beginning in adolescence and young adulthood, our narrative identities become the stories we live by. This volume addresses the most important and difficult issues in the study of narrative identity, including questions of unity and multiplicity in stories, the controversy over individual versus societal authorship of stories, and the extent to which stories typically show stability or growth in the narrator. The detailed examination of excerpts from stories told to researchers and the analysis of published memoirs, together with the contributors' insights into narrative psychology, make this provocative volume a rich, research-based exploration into how our lives may be the product of the stories we tell"--Cover. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

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About the author (2006)

Dan P. McAdams, PhD, is Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University, where he is also Director of the Foley Center for the Study of Lives. He has published 12 books and over 100 articles and chapters in the areas of personality and developmental psychology.

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Ruthellen Josselson is Professor of Psychology at Towson State University and is a practicing psychotherapist. The 1994 recipient of the Henry A. Murray Award from the American Psychological Association, she has also been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University and the Hebrew University of

Amia Lieblich is Artery Professor of Personality Studies in the Psychology Department and head of the Lafer Center for the Study of Women at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, coeditor of the "Annual on the Narrative Study of Lives", and author of several books, most recently "Transition to Adulthood during Military Service".

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