The Dialogical Self

The Dialogical Self : Meaning as Movement

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Contemporary research in personality, social psychology and sociology has renewed an interest in the "self". This volume argues that the "self" may consist fo multiple "selves", any of which may interact with each other in a dialogical fashion. The "self" is presented as a non-unitary embodiment that transcends the limits of individualism and rationalism. Beginning with philosophical discussion of the "self", this volume discusses the decentralization of the "self" in narrative psychology, the retreat of the omniscient narrator in literary sciences, the genesis of self-knowledge in children and the concept of modern society as a multiplicity of collective voices.
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  • Hardback | 218 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 498.95g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • notes, references, tables, figures, index
  • 0123423201
  • 9780123423207

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"The summaries and analyses of theories are clear, and clearly related to their philosophical context... The text is chock-full of ideas and connections and makes many compelling arguments."
"In offering a method of self-investigation grounded in narrative, and by arguing so forcefully for a fundamentally different relationship between researcher and research participant than has traditionally existed in psychological research and practice, Hermans therefore takes an important step, I think toward a more humane and liberating psychology."
--MARK B. TAPPAN, Colby College, Waterville, Maine
"Readers of the October 1993 issue of the Journal of Analytical Psychology who enjoyed Hermans & Kempen's essay on the dialogical self will welcome the extended treatment of the subject matter in this book."
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Vico versus Descartes; the narrative construction of reality; the decentralization of the self; developments in modern novelistic literature; the dialogical self - tension between dominance and exchange; dynamics and synthesis of the self; self and society - a reexamination of Mead; psychology's three separations - division versus cross-fertilization; the construction and co-construction of meaning - explorations into a psychology of valuation.
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