Narrative identity processing of difficult life experiences: pathways of personality development and positive self-transformation in adulthood.

@article{Pals2006NarrativeIP,
  title={Narrative identity processing of difficult life experiences: pathways of personality development and positive self-transformation in adulthood.},
  author={Jennifer L Pals},
  journal={Journal of personality},
  year={2006},
  volume={74 4},
  pages={1079-109}
}
Difficult life experiences in adulthood constitute a challenge to the narrative construction of identity. Individual differences in how adults respond to this challenge were conceptualized in terms of two dimensions of narrative identity processing: exploratory narrative processing and coherent positive resolution. These dimensions, coded from narratives of difficult experiences reported by the women of the Mills Longitudinal Study (Helson, 1967) at age 52, were expected to be related to… CONTINUE READING
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