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A New Narrative for Psychology$
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Brian Schiff

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199332182

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199332182.001.0001

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Making It So

Making It So

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(p.99) Chapter 5 Making It So
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A New Narrative for Psychology
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Brian Schiff

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199332182.003.0006

Chapter 5 of A New Narrative for Psychology develops the idea of making present in order to address one of the central problems in narrative studies: how narrating produces accounts that we take to be real or true of what is, was, and will be. Narrative is commonly described as possessing the capacity to build worlds or truths, or to construct realities. This chapter asks, how, exactly, do interpretive actions help us to understand what life is and means, as well as who I am and who we are? Using research interviews with couples, it shows how a narrative perspective allows us to understand the multilayered, and reciprocal, connections between persons, social relationships, and culture that are implicated in building, and rebuilding, a sense of the real.

Keywords:   narrative, narratology, speech, life experience, interpretation

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