Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Hermans, H. J. M. 2010. Dialogical Self. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
In its original formulation, the dialogical self is conceived of as a dynamic multiplicity of I-positions in the landscape of the mind. These I-positions are involved in processes of mutual dialogical relationships that are intensely interwoven with external dialogical relationships. In this conception, the I is always bound to particular positions in time and space but has the possibility to move from one position to the other in accordance with changes in situation and time. The I fluctuates among different and even opposed positions and has the capacity to imaginatively endow each position with a voice, so that dialogical relations between positions can develop. The voices behave like interacting characters in a story, involved in a process of question and answer, agreement and disagreement. They all have a story to tell about their own experiences from their own perspective. As different voices, these characters exchange information about their respective Me's, creating a complex, narratively structured self. In this multiplicity of positions, some positions are more dominant than others, so that the voices of the less dominant positions are subdued (Hermans, 1996; Hermans, Kempen, & Van Loon, 1992).
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