While in principle the word may refer to any systematic study of narrative, in narrative therapy techniques pdf its usage is rather more restricted. Narratology is applied retrospectively as well to work predating its coinage.
A subsequent succession of alternate pairings has preserved the essential binomial impulse, e. Propp, Bremond, Greimas, Dundes, et al. The former is mainly limited to a semiotic formalization of the sequences of the actions told, while the latter examines the manner of their telling, stressing voice, point of view, transformation of the chronological order, rhythm and frequency. Designating work as narratological is to some extent dependent more on the academic discipline in which it takes place than any theoretical position advanced. The approach is applicable to any narrative, and in its classic studies, vis-a-vis Propp, non-literary narratives were commonly taken up. Oral Versions of Personal Experience: Three Decades of Narrative Analysis. New York: MLA Publications, 2010.
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While narrative work is typically located within the field of family therapy, many authors and practitioners report using these ideas and practices in community work, schools and higher education. The narrative therapist focuses upon assisting people to create stories about themselves, about their identities, that are helpful to them. This work of “re-authoring identity” claims to help people identify their own values and identify the skills and knowledge they have to live these values. Through the process of identifying the history of values in people’s lives, the therapist is able to co-author a new story about the person. The story people tell about themselves and that is told about them is important in this approach which asserts that the story of person’s identity determines what they think is possible for themselves. The narrative process allows people to identify what values are important to them and how they might use their own skills and knowledge to live these values.
The concept of identity is important in narrative therapy. The approach aims not to conflate people’s identities with the problems they may face or the mistakes they have made. Rather, the approach seeks to avoid modernist, essentialist notions of the self that lead people to believe there is a biologically determined “true self” or “true nature”. Instead, identity, seen as primarily social, can be changed according to the choices people make.
To separate people’s identities from the problems they face, narrative therapy employs externalizing conversations. The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem. So-called strengths or positive attributes also are externalized, allowing people to engage in the construction and performance of preferred identities. In a narrative approach, the therapist aims to adopt a collaborative therapeutic posture rather than imposing ideas on people by giving them advice. Both the therapist and the people who consult them are seen as having valuable information both in terms of the process of therapeutic conversation and in terms of the content of these conversations. By adopting a posture of curiosity and collaboration instead, the therapist aims to give the implicit message to people that they have already knowledge and skills to solve the problems they face. When people develop solutions to their own problems on the basis of their own values, they become much more committed to implementing these solutions.