Psychology in self-presentations
For a social scientist – an affiliation by which, as a social psychologist, I set great store – to write an autobiography is to attempt two inseparable things: on the one hand presenting oneself and on the other hand communicating with others. Even though I emphasize these two aspects as one and the same activity, I am referring to two research fields of language and social psychology. Before I write down what I remember about my development or personal history, I want to make sure which track I am picking up or, less metaphorically, what kind of text I am to produce. You do not just sit down and write about your life or yourself out of the blue. As a rule, you either feel that the course of your life, mainly your career, is interesting enough or even exemplary for others, or else you believe that members of your scientific community are convinced that your vita is essential information beyond your publications.
Graumann, C.F. (2009)., Psychology in self-presentations, in L. Mos (ed.), History of psychology in autobiography, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 159-177.
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