Community and Coherence: Narrative Contributions to the Psychology of Conflict and Loss

Robert A. Neimeyer and Finn Tschudi

in Narrative and Consciousness

Published in print August 2003 | ISBN: 9780195140057
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847402 | DOI:
Community and Coherence: Narrative Contributions to the Psychology of Conflict and Loss

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As demonstrated by how one of the authors of this chapter has been able to organize his thoughts, human beings attempt to sort out their experiences through making use of the architecture of the narrative form. Because perhaps of his familiarity toward and expertise on various aspects of narrative psychology, and how this is set in a cognitive perspective, the author had difficulty in writing the essay, since his interest was no longer excited as such a subject matter had already lost its novelty on him. The two authors ended up with conversations regarding their interests and their beliefs on the subjects of constructivism, peace psychology, and human emotion. The narrative of how this chapter was written demonstrates how the authors have come to realize that narrative concepts are essential in dealing with interpersonal and intrapersonal conflicts. Thus, this chapter aims to develop a cross-fertilization between the two through discussing narrative principles in individual distress and using these in dealing with conflicts.

Keywords: experiences; narrative form; interpersonal conflict; intrapersonal conflict; narrative principles; individual distress

Chapter.  11996 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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