Monday, Nov. 5 2012
Emergence of the Life Story in Adolescence
Habermas & Block
→ Claim: ability to construct a life story emerges in adolescence
- Young children may not be able to understand or produce a life story because their
cognition isn’t developed enough yet
- Important things happen during adolescence that enables us to begin our life story
→ Life story: subjective view
- Life narratives (full products, coherent integration; relations in a text)
The way you tell your life story and perceive it/make sense of your
experiences is largely a subjective perspective
- Autobiographical reasoning (process leading to life story; relations in life between
present and past)
Distinguish the difference between life narratives and autobiographical
reason is that life narratives are the full story and someone who cna
understand a narrative can understand text and autobiographical reasoning
is somewhat less because you are making connections between present and
past but are not necessarily telling a story.
→ Autobiographical activity learned in social interactions; a socio-cultural process
- People help and guide you and expect you to tell stories, sometimes in certain ways.
Therefore it is a socio-cultural process.
→ Influences: Piaget, Vygotsky
- Vygotsky emphasized the importanc