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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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DE CONTI, Luciane  and  SPERB, Tania Mara. The composition of narratives by the therapist-patient dyad: an analysis of their organization and sequence of actions. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2009, vol.22, n.1, pp.119-127. ISSN 0102-7972.

Narratives are constructed in order to give sense to human experience and organize it. It is the act of narration that allows the individual to interpret his/her life and to create a personal signification for the experienced events. This study investigates whether the discourse elaborated by the trainee-therapist/patient dyad, in a psychoanalytic psychotherapy situation, was organized in a narrative manner. Afterwards, the logic of the sequence of actions showed in the narratives composed by the therapeutic dyad was analyzed. The analysis of the transcriptions of the psychotherapeutic sessions evinced that this discourse is structured in narrative manner since it presents the two principles necessary for its organization: succession and transformation. It was also verified that the narrative sequence constituted in this process is governed by the logic of semantic causality, which is imposed to the narrator in the course of the emplotment, and not by the logic of linear chronology.

Keywords : Narrative; autobiographic narrative; genealogy; psychotherapy.

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