Agency and Purpose in Narrative Therapy: Questioning the Postmodern Rejection of Metanarrative

Volume
Volume 32
Issue
Fall 2004
Title
Agency and Purpose in Narrative Therapy: Questioning the Postmodern Rejection of Metanarrative
Abstract

Postmodern ideas have led to increased interest in narrative in the domains of both theology and psychotherapy. Narrative theology allows the concept of an intrinsic human telos, a divinely created purpose which constitutes the perfection of a human life. Socially constructed understandings of the institution of therapy, however, and postmodern ideological commitments regarding the nature of metanarratives, make it difficult for narrative therapists to consider this theological possibility. This paper will examine the concept of agency in narrative psychology and therapy, and the moral questions that exist at the boundaries of these disciplines, exploring the possible clinical significance of including a teleological assumption in their theoretical core.

Author
Dr. C. Lee
Pages
221 - 231
Price
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