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date: 26 January 2021

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Questions of meaning and purpose in life, as they relate to one’s sense of identity, continue to be prominent concerns in psychotherapy. As the field of clinical science develops translational research models that focus on microprocesses as targets of study linking basic research and therapeutic intervention, operationalization of identity constructs is increasingly important. Narrative identity, based in self-defining memories, narrative scripts, and life stories, offers a framework for empirical investigation in both the laboratory and the clinic. Translational research on each of these identity variables is reviewed, and a case study illustrates their potential for intervention in psychotherapy. Recommendations for future translational research on narrative identity and psychotherapy are provided.

Keywords: Narrative identity, translational research, self-defining memories, scripts, life stories, psychotherapy

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