I narrate, therefore I am?



Year of publication 2022
Type Popularization text
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The talk will introduce the concept of narrative identity from the perspective of contemporary narrative and cultural psychology. In this approach the self is seen as a product of a story we are telling ourselves and others about our lives. These stories create the illusion that we are talking about a self with an autonomous existence when in fact we invent our selves in the act of narrating. Other psychologists argue against this “big story” theory; according to them we construct our self again and again in “small” stories told in everyday interactions with others: selves are relational, dialogical, and situated in local contexts. I will encourage a discussion about possible overlaps with Buddhist teachings of non-self.

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