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    Perspectives in Autobiographical Narratives

    Wednesday, May 9, 2012
    8:30 PM

    Presented by Professor Tilmann Habermas

    The paper offers a formal narrative approach to understanding mechanisms involved in countertransference. The central thesis is that restricted representation of subjective perspectives in narratives reflects the operation of defense mechanisms and influences the emotional response of the listener.

    Open to the Public

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


    Briefly introducing the concept of narrative perspective, varying degrees of narrative representation of perspective are illustrated in several autobiographical narratives taken from lengthy life narratives. Systematic evidence is presented for the influence of narrative perspectives on listener emotions. Future studies will compare narratives prduced in therapy and will compare pre- with post-treatment narratives.

    The talk is based on two articles by Professor Habermas:
    1. Habermas, T. (2006). Who speaks? Who looks? Who feels? Point of view in autobiographical narratives. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 87, 497-518.
    2. Habermas, T., & Diel, V. (2010). The emotional impact of loss narratives: Event severity and narrative perspectives. Emotion, 10, 312-323.

    Tilmann Habermas teaches psychoanalysis at the Department of Psychology, Goethe University, Frankfurt. This academic year he teaches at the New School for Social Research. His interests include the development of life narratives and the role of narrative form for communicating emotion.

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guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •
guidance • support • stress • anxiety • depression • conflict • hyperactivity • identity disorders • socialization • self-esteem •