Article published in:Narrative Construction of Emotional Life
[Journal of Narrative and Life History 5:3] 1995
► pp. 269–283
If a Self Is a Narrative: Social Constructionism in the Clinic
Abstract The articles in this special issue indicate that the self is best understood not as an empirical and transhistorical entity, but as a narrative, inextricable from its location in history and culture. This view has significant implications for psy-chotherapy. It suggests that therapy is a moral discourse, that its claim to authority is better understood as ideological than as scientific. But because it generally takes a reificationist stance on such matters as emotions, therapy is currently ill-equipped to take account of the self as a social construction and of itself as a moral practice. (Clinical Psychology)
Published online: 04 August 2015
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