Sissel Reichelt
University of Oslo, Norway

E-mail:sissel.reichelt@psykologi.uio.no

 

THE DIALOGICAL SELF IN SOCIAL CONSTRUCTIONISM AND POST-MODERN CONSTRUCTIVISM:
CLINICAL APPLICATIONS

 

One ambition of this paper is to discuss how the concept of dialogical self in post-modern constructivism supplements therapeutic ideas developed within social constructionism. Notions that appear particularly useful are concepts as hierarchy and dominance, and dialogical relations, often oppositional, between the voices of different I-positions. An analysis of a transcript from a case (a refugee couple) will be used as an illustration of the practical application of these ideas. Particular issues relating to therapeutic work with a couple will be pointed to, with special emphasis on how impasse may be related to selective attention to voices the therapist prefers.