Dialogical Self Theory
Dialogical Self Theory, as published in Hermans’ and Kempen’s book “The dialogical self: Meaning as movement” (1993) emerged from working with valuation theory and the self-confrontation method in theory and practice and from a historical analysis of the psychological and novelistic literature.
- Starting point: The contrasting philosophical thoughts of Descartes and Vico
- Considers the self as multivoiced and dialogical – Is inspired by James’s psychology of the self and the Russian literary scholar Mikhail Bakhtin who introduced the concept “polyphonic novel” after an analysis of the works of Dostoyevsky
- Acknowledges not only
- the role of human interchange but also the impact of power
- For a detailed exposition see the book The Dialogical Self: Meaning as Movement
- The most up to date exposition is the book Dialogical Self Theory
- For the anchoring of the dialogical self in recent trends in psychological literature see the article Voicing the Self: From Information Processing to Dialogical Interchange
- For contributions world-wide, see the Handbook of Dialogical Self Theory.
- For the relationship between the dialogical self and the process of globalization see the article Moving Cultures: The Perilous Problems of Cultural Dichotomies in a Globalizing Society
- See also Special Issues on the Dialogical Self