Imagined and possible selves: Stories we tell ourselves about ourselves

Stephen Ryan, Kay Irie

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All of us create and share stories. This is something we start from a young age, in our earliest social interactions, and continue throughout our lives. One of the key stories that follows us over the course of that lifespan is the story we tell to ourselves: the story of the self. This story affects how we interpret our pasts, how we see ourselves now, and the paths we envision for our futures; ‘humans are storytelling organisms who, individually and socially, lead storied lives’ (Connelly and Clandinin, 1990: 2).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultiple Perspectives on the Self in SLA
PublisherChannel View Publications
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781783091362
ISBN (Print)9781783091348
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb 3
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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