Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Narrative dynamics and psychodynamics
Authors: Boothe, Brigitte
von Wyl, Agnes
Wepfer, Res
DOI: 10.1080/10503309912331332751
Published in: Psychotherapy Research
Volume(Issue): 9
Issue: 3
Page(s): 258
Pages to: 273
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Routledge
ISSN: 1050-3307
Language: English
Subject (DDC): 616.89: Mental disorders, clinical psychology and psychiatry
808: Rhetoric and writing
Abstract: Everyday narratives refer to events, but the act of narrating does not serve merely to retell facts. Instead, in narrating, we recount personal experience. We do this suggestively, attempting to involve the listener emotionally. We tell about conflict issues that are affecting us as positive or negative arousal, and that-in the service of integration-demand social resonance. We seek the emotional involvement of an empathetic audience in our subjective concerns. Narratives are linguistic stage productions. The storyteller directs the scene and assigns dramatic roles and degrees of involvement to the speaker-listener group. Thus, conflict-laden experience becomes something that can be articulated, and finds emotional acceptance in the social sphere. Using a psychodynamic concept of scene production, this finding, formulated in psychodynamic terms, can be implemented in psychotherapy. Stories presented by clients in the psychotherapeutic setting may be systematically viewed as linguistic enactments of conflicts and subjective concerns. The narrative-analytic program called “Jakob is introduced.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Applied Psychology
Organisational Unit: Psychological Institute (PI)
Appears in collections:Publikationen Angewandte Psychologie

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Boothe, B., von Wyl, A., & Wepfer, R. (1999). Narrative dynamics and psychodynamics. Psychotherapy Research, 9(3), 258–273.
Boothe, B., von Wyl, A. and Wepfer, R. (1999) ‘Narrative dynamics and psychodynamics’, Psychotherapy Research, 9(3), pp. 258–273. Available at:
B. Boothe, A. von Wyl, and R. Wepfer, “Narrative dynamics and psychodynamics,” Psychotherapy Research, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 258–273, 1999, doi: 10.1080/10503309912331332751.
BOOTHE, Brigitte, Agnes VON WYL und Res WEPFER, 1999. Narrative dynamics and psychodynamics. Psychotherapy Research. 1999. Bd. 9, Nr. 3, S. 258–273. DOI 10.1080/10503309912331332751
Boothe, Brigitte, Agnes von Wyl, and Res Wepfer. 1999. “Narrative Dynamics and Psychodynamics.” Psychotherapy Research 9 (3): 258–73.
Boothe, Brigitte, et al. “Narrative Dynamics and Psychodynamics.” Psychotherapy Research, vol. 9, no. 3, 1999, pp. 258–73,

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