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Self-Narratives: the Construction of Meaning in Psychotherapy

by Hubert JM Hermans and Els Herman-Jansen Guilford Publications
Pub Date:
06/2001
ISBN:
9781572307131
Format:
Pbk 306 pages
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AU$83.00 NZ$86.09
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'A `must-read.'...Self-Narratives promises to make an enduring contribution to the rapidly developing field of constructivism and psychotherapy.' --- Contemporary Psychology 'Self-Narratives brings together psychological theory, the interpretation of myths and story, and the careful analysis of actual case studies to articulate a new and compelling vision of clinical work and psychological science.' --- Dan P. McAdams, PhD

'Aside from the wealth of practical examples of how one can study personal valuation structures, the reader will gain a general insight into how one can construct novel traditions of psychological research that unite theoretical and empirical sides of that process, with care for the phenomena, and rigor in the derivation of the data. The book is a refreshing voice among sometimes all-to-general discussions.' --- Culture and Psychology

In this book, Hubert J. M. Hermans and Els Hermans-Jansen elaborate a model of the clinical use of self-narratives-the stories people use to construct meaning out the events in their lives-in counseling and psychotherapy. Based on extensive case studies and filled with a rich variety of illustrative examples, this integrative work covers the model's theory, methodology, and clinical applications.

Audience: Psychotherapists and counselors from a range of orientations: students of clinical psychology, psychiatry, social work, counseling, and related fields. Contents Introduction 1. The Person as Motivated Storyteller: Basic Metaphor 2. The Self as an Organized Process of Meaning Construction 3. The Self-Confrontation Method: Constructing and Reconstructing One's Self-Narrative 4. The Nature of Valuation: Structure and Process 5. Dreams and Myths: Routes to the Less Conscious Areas of the Self 6. Dissociations and Dysfunctions 7. Motivational Characteristics of the Self: Lifelong Development 8. Summary and Perspective 9. Manual ยท Appendices: 1. Extended Set of Questions. 2. Extended List of Affect Terms. 3. Information for Those Interested in Learning This Method. About the Authors: Hubert J. M. Hermans is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Clinical Psychology and Personality, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Els Hermans-Jansen is a psychotherapist/counselor in private practice in Berg and Dal, The Netherlands.

Acknowledments. Preface. Introduction.1. The Person as Motivated Storyteller: Basic Metaphor2. The Self as an Organized Process of Meaning Construction3. The Self-Confrontation Method: Constructing and Reconstructing One's Self-Narrative4. The Nature of Valuation: Structure and Process5. Dreams and Myths: Routes to the Less Conscious Areas of the Self6. Dissociations and Dysfunctions7. Motivational Characteristics of the Self: Lifelong Development8. Summary and Perspective9. ManualReferences. Appendices.

"Aside from the wealth of practical examples of how one can study personal valuation structures, the reader will gain a general insight into how one can construct novel traditions of psychological research that unite theoretical and empirical sides of that process, with care for the phenomena, and rigor in the derivation of the data. The book is a refreshing voice among sometimes all-to-general discussions."