Self-defined Narratives in Personality Development



We examine the role of narrative identity in personality development, which is defined as the ability of realization of the individual project in spite of situational determination. As the structural and functional units of narrative identity we define “self-defined memories” containing self-esteem of the person on significant parameters of self-concept. We expand the process of ontogeny of the self-defined memories through forming dialogues with adults, describe the “developing” and “repeating” communication styles of parents with children according to R. Faivish. It

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Keywords: self-defined memories, narrative identity, autobiographical memory,personality development

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Nurkova V.V. Self-defined Narratives in Personality Development. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2014. Vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 22–30. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Veronika V. Nurkova, Doctor of Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Leading researcher at the School of Anthropology of the Future, Institute of Social Sciences of the Russian National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation (RANEPA), Associate Professor of the Faculty of the Effective Academy of Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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