Dialogical Self Theory

  • Hubert J. M. HermansEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-98390-5_53-1


Dialogical Self Theory studies the self as a “society of mind.” It is neither a mini-theory nor a grand theory, but rather a “bridging theory.” As such it crosses the divisive boundaries of disciplines and subdisciplines so that new and unexpected linkages between these disciplines are created. This article starts with sketching the historical roots of the theory. The central part outlines its main tenets and core concepts. Finally, examples of research methods and fields of practice, inspired by the theory, are presented.


Dialogical self theory Society of mind Self-society dualism I-position Meta-position 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Radboud University of NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ingunn Johanne Ness
    • 1
  1. 1.The centre for the Science of Learning and TechnologyUniversity of BergenBergenNorway