chapter  Chapter Six
8 Pages

Narratives in the family: history spoken and elided— theoretical considerations and initial observations on a Bulgarian sample

WithCamellia Hancheva

In storytelling, people are at the same time the actor living the story, the narrator telling it, and the listener (McAdams, 2013). All three positions are connected in a constant process of interpretation and reflection in inner and outer dialogue embedded in a cultural context. Dialogical understanding of human nature is a shared belief of philosophers (Bakhtin, 1986), developmental psychologists (Vygotsky, 1997; Bateson, 1979), psychoanalysts (Fairbairn, 1996), social theorists, and conversational analysts (Cronen & Pearce, 1982).