Research

What's truth got to do with it? Self-narratives and psychotherapy (work in progress)

Most authors using the narrative lens to think about psychotherapy suggest that the truth of one's self-narrative is unimportant. I argue otherwise by (i)  illustrating that self-narrative aim at truth by virtue of being composed of beliefs, (ii) looking to the harm of false narratives, and (iii) suggesting that often truth will factor into an explanation of the psychological gains one makes over the course of therapy: sometimes people can improve by coming to have a more accurate conception of themselves and the world.