Psychological studies are taking place in the context of a general interest in cognitive contributions to the construction of experience. Narrative is the primary scheme by which human beings take form. Thus, in the understanding of human existence… narrative has a central role. The human sciences (the behavioral and social sciences), with their tradition of quantitative research, are not yet comfortable with dealing directly with the linguistic rationality by which narrative operates. However, for the human sciences to gain a full appreciation and comprehension of human experience and behavior, narrative approaches will be required (Polkinghorne, p. 123).

Polkinghorne, D. (1988). Psychology and narrative. In Narrative knowing and the human sciences (pp. 101-123). Albany: State University of New York Press.


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