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Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1814-2052

ISSN (online): 2311-7273


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Self-defined Narratives in Personality Development 1762


Nurkova V.V.
PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

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

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

Column: General questions of growing up

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