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1st Edition

The Construction of Meaning in Psychotherapy

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ISBN 9781572307131
Published July 26, 2001 by Guilford Press
306 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledments. Preface. 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
References. Appendices.

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'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 (Northwestern University)

'A powerful and significant addition to the growing literature on the implications of narrative theory for the practice of psychotherapy' - Donald E. Polkinghorne (University of Southern California)