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„My storyworld possible self" : evaluating reader responses to a graphic novel with a focus on self-transformation

Schleuter, M (2020) „My storyworld possible self" : evaluating reader responses to a graphic novel with a focus on self-transformation.

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Abstract:Reading fiction can influence our sense of self. Furthermore, reading experiences are extremely idiosyncratic. In the Psychology of fiction, a substantiated theory about how to measure self-transformation while reading, and explain idiosyncratic experiences was lacking. The Storyworld Possible Selves model offers a more operationalized approach to investigate self-transformation and unique experiences. The current study tests the model empirically and evaluates students' reader responses to a graphic Novel by means of an open-ended questionnaire. The results indicate that it is possible to give suggestions about self-transformative effects and related feelings. Moreover, individual differences may be explained and the model may reveal something about the nature of a reader, and socio-cultural information. If the suggestions are valid, the model could be used in narrative therapy because it is possible to identify significant self-conceptions and work with them. The model needs further investigation to see if the suggestions are valid.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/80450
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