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narrative psychology


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A variant of social constructionist psychology, introduced by the US psychologist Theodore R(oy) Sarbin (1911–2005) in a book entitled Narrative Psychology: The Storied Nature of Human Conduct (1986), that studies how people deal with experience by creating and responding to stories. Sarbin argued that people organize their thinking, perceiving, imagining, interaction, and decision-making according to the narrative structure of human experience. [From Latin narrare to recount]

Subjects: Psychology.


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