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Pers Soc Psychol Rev. 2007 Aug;11(3):262-78. doi: 10.1177/1088868307301034.

Selves creating stories creating selves: a process model of self-development.

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University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.


This article is focused on the growing empirical emphasis on connections between narrative and self-development. The authors propose a process model of self-development in which storytelling is at the heart of both stability and change in the self. Specifically, we focus on how situated stories help develop and maintain the self with reciprocal impacts on enduring aspects of self, specifically self-concept and the life story. This article emphasizes the research that has shown how autobiographical stories affect the self and provides a direction for future work to maximize the potential of narrative approaches to studying processes of self-development.

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