What is narrative concatenation in psychology

Narrative Psychology

Narrative Psychology, a newer theoretical direction that sees narratives as fundamental to the organization of human experience. Representatives include Jerome Bruner, Kenneth Gergen and Theodore Sarbin. The starting point is the everyday practical knowledge that people transform a large part of their experiences into stories and in the form of (everyday) stories communicate. Narratives create a connection between punctual events over a time axis. With this contextual connection, the happening becomes sense and importance awarded. People also communicate about attitudes and values ​​in everyday life in the form of stories. With the help of the stories that people have in their heads and which they (re) construct anew in the light of new experiences, they reflect their position in the social world and thus ultimately form theirs I-identity (Identity).
The everyday practical meaning of narratives can be seen in the model originally developed by Danto in 1974 for the historical sciences narrative explanation illustrated. If a change between two points in time t1 and t3 just with the help of a narration of what happened between t1 and t3 has occurred, can be explained meaningfully, it is a narrative explanation. There are a number of significant life events that can be explained neither causally nor teleologically, but only narrative. Narrative psychology is empirically implemented, especially in biography research.


Bruner, J. (1997). Meaning, culture and self-identity. On the cultural psychology of meaning. Heidelberg: Auer (American original edition 1990).