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Lecture 24

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Dalhousie University
PSYO 3280
Dr.Simon Sherry

Monday, Nov. 5 2012 PSYO 3280 Personality Psychology 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
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