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Criminals' personal narrative

Canter, David V. (2010) Criminals' personal narrative. In: The Cambridge Handbook of Forensic Psychology. Cambridge Handbooks in Psychology . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 791-794. ISBN 9780521701815

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Within psychology and related social sciences there is an emerging framework for understanding a person’s actions and experiences in terms of what McAdams (McAdams, 1993) refers to as ‘The Stories We Live By’. This reflects the approach given particular emphasis by Bruner (Bruner, 1990) in his critique of the information processing model that so dominates cognitive psychology. It is argued that people give sense to their past, current and future lives by the roles they see themselves playing in key episodes that they remember experiencing. They formulate views of their identity and self-concept through an interpretation of the unfolding storyline that they see their lives as being. Importantly, the concept of a story here is not that of a fiction but of a constructed account derived from events and interactions with others

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology
Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2010 16:07
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 21:52


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