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HThe self as a story; a reflection on self stories and narrative psychotherapy

REFLECTIONSnijder, Annemarie - 51–2 (2013)

SUMMARY

This reflection takes a closer look at the narrative reconstruction of the self-image in life stories, and the potential contribution of narrative psychotherapy. First, aspects of narrative thinking are examined, after which attention is given to modern views on the definition of the self, followed by a philosophical analysis of language, meaning, and interpretation, the core of narrative psychotherapy. Next, the practice of narrative counseling will take center stage with the stories that clients tell about themselves.

KEYWORDS

narrative psychotherapy, self-image, life story