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Emotion and Narrative : Perspectives in Autobiographical Storytelling, Paperback / softback Book

Emotion and Narrative : Perspectives in Autobiographical Storytelling Paperback / softback

Part of the Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction series

Paperback / softback


Emotions have a life beyond the immediate eliciting situation, as they tend to be shared with others by putting the experience in narrative form.

Narrating emotions helps us to express, understand, and share them: the way we tell stories influences how others react to our emotions, and impacts how we cope with emotions ourselves.

In Emotion and Narrative, Habermas introduces the forms of oral narratives of personal experiences, and highlights a narrative's capacity to integrate various personal and temporal perspectives.

Via theoretical proposals richly illustrated with oral narratives from clinical and non-clinical samples, he demonstrates how the form and variety of perspectives represented in stories strongly, yet unnoticeably, influence the emotional reactions of listeners.

For instance, narrators defend themselves against negativity and undesired views of themselves by excluding perspectives from narratives.

Habermas shows how parents can help children, and psychotherapists can assist patients, to enrich their narratives with additional perspectives.




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