Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 25 January 2021

Abstract and Keywords

Autobiographical reasoning relies on the life story format for linking distant parts of life with each other and with personal development. Taking the lead from Ricoeur’s concept of narrative identity, the argument is developed that the emergence of the life story and the ability for autobiographical reasoning in adolescence adds a powerful tool for identity exploration and stabilization. Autobiographical reasoning especially helps explicitly bridge biographical disruptions by spelling out transformations and their motives. Weaker attempts to explain personal sameness in time or personal stability are reviewed and argued to be more limited than autobiographical reasoning in their ability to bridge personal change. Furthermore, the role of narrative as point of reference for autobiographical reasoning is highlighted, linking our concept to that of narrative identity as originally conceived. Finally, contextual and stylistic features of autobiographical reasoning are specified that render it beneficial for self-continuity and well-being.

Keywords: self-continuity, autobiographical reasoning, life story, well-being, identity claims, biographical ruptures, life transitions, life narratives, autobiographical arguments, psychosocial identity

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.