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Narration True and False: Dialogical Self Theory in Psychotherapy
Narration True and False: Dialogical Self Theory in Psychotherapy

Author(s): Piotr Kałowski
Subject(s): Philosophy, Psychology, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: postmodernism; dialogical self theory; narration; psychotherapy
Summary/Abstract: Postmodernism denies universal values and emphasizes the role of political power in constructing truth. This creates a challenge for psychotherapy, where the client’s perspective must simultaneously be respected and filtered through a given modality’s theory. The paper discusses the notions of truth and falsity in psychotherapy, presenting dialogical self theory as an approach responding to the aforementioned challenges. Comparing it to the dominant cognitive-behavioral approach, examples of its practical use, especially problems related to identity and its continuity, are described, and the benefits and limitations of the metaphor of therapeutic work as a dialogue or narration are outlined.

  • Page Range: 189-204
  • Page Count: 16
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: English