The Dialogical Self: Toward a Theory of Personal and Cultural Positioning

Culture & Psychology, 2001, 7, 243-281 Abstract The dialogical self proposes a far-reaching decentralization of both the concept of self and the concept ofculture. At the intersection between the psychology of the self in the tradition of William James and the dialogical school in the tradition of Mikhail Bakhtin, the proposed view challenges both the idea of a core, essential self and the idea of a core, essential culture. In apparent...

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The Meaning of Life as an Organized Process

Hubert J. M. Hermans Psychotherapy, 1989, 26, 11 -22   Abstract In this article the experienced meaning of one’s life is conceived of as an organized process. The organizational aspect is characterized in terms of a number of personal valuations ordered into a composite whole. The process aspect is characterized in terms of the ongoing chances and reorganizations in one’s life meaning over time. Two empirical studies are...

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The Construction of a Personal Position Repertoire: Method and Practice

Culture Psychology 2001; 7; 323 Whereas the preceding article (Hermans, 2001) was focused on the theory of the dialogical self, the present contribution deals with a method, based on the same theory, and its application in practical settings. The method, the Personal Position Repertoire (PPR), is based on the following considerations. First, the purpose of the method is the study of the organization and reorganization of a person’s position...

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