Valuation Theory

  • A narrative theory about meaning construction and reconstruction
  • Rooted in contextualism (in Pepper’s sense)
  • Basic metaphor: The self as motivated storyteller
  • As storytelling the self is dialogical and multivoiced
  • Time and space are central: temporal structure of the theory: telling and retelling of one’s self-narrative, interest in connections between past, present, and future, spatial structure of the theory: the person tells a story from a particular position in an imaginal space; there is always a counter-position (antagonist,  an agreeing or disagreeing other)

For a detailed exposition of the theory see the book Self-Narratives: The Construction of Meaning in Psychotherapy