Reflecting on Life though Autobiographical Narrative: Exploring the Perspectives

1991

Abstract

The paper addresses the issue of reflecting on life from the cultural historical perspective, focusing in particular on the use of sign systems in creating an autobiographical narrative. An empirical research was carried out on a sample of 60 subjects aged 20—35 years using a technique called 'The History of My Life' developed by the author. The paper gives a detailed description of how to use this technique and to evaluate the obtained data. Most importantly this technique enables to explore one's use of sign and symbolic structures (narratives) in reflection. Applying this new technique implies evaluating the normativeness and significance of the events underlying the types of life reflection.

General Information

Keywords: reflection, life, autobiographical narrative, event, content-analysis

Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Klementyeva M.V. Reflecting on Life though Autobiographical Narrative: Exploring the Perspectives. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2012. Vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 30–39. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Marina V. Klementyeva, Doctor of Psychology, Dozent, Professor, Department of Psychology and Human Capital Development, Finance University under the Government of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8712-9282, e-mail: marinaklementyva@yandex.ru

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