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Actualités narratologiques 2012

Narrative, self-understanding and the regulation of emotion in psychiatric disorder (publié le 31 août 2012)

12 - 13 October 2012

Institute of Philosophy, London

Many if not most psychiatric disorders are characterised by an inability to regulate, tolerate, or respond appropriately to feelings. Often patients with these problems will give an account of their affective states and motives which takes the form of a narrative which assimilates salient affective episodes into a more or less coherent autobiography.

In this respect patients do not differ from non-patients. It seems most people rely on a narrative framework to interpret episodes of feeling by assimilating them to a story in which the subject is, if not the star, at least a major protagonist. The problem for patients is often not that they have false beliefs (although they do) but that their stories are dysfunctional in the broadest sense of the term. In the context of the patient’s life they lead to “problems in living” as Sasz put it.

This suggests that understanding many psychiatric disorders involves understanding the nature of narrative itself, its role in interpreting feeling states and shaping behaviour.

This conference examines that idea in the context of recent philosophical work on narrative. The resurgence of interest in narrative in philosophy has thrown up a number of themes of direct relevance to psychiatry. Areas of controversy in philosophy which are directly relevant are: the nature of the self. Is it constructed by narrative processes? Or is Galen Strawson correct to argue that the narrative self is a philosopher’s conceit, not a real psychological phenomenon? The relationship between feeling and narrative in self understanding. Do we come to understand the meaning of our feelings by situating them in a narrative as Peter Goldie among others has argued? Even more fundamentally, what are narratives and how do they work, psychologically as well as aesthetically? Are there rules or principles of narrative construction used by the mind to interpret experience? Do psychiatric patients violate these rules in characteristic ways or is the incongruity of their first personal accounts a consequence of the experiential raw material of their narratives? At the same time philosophy in this area needs to be informed by a much deeper engagement with clinical and experimental work.

Provisional Conference Programme

Day One: 12 October 2012

  • 09.30 Arrival, registration

  • 10.00 - 12.00 Session 1: Feeling and Narrative

    • Matthew Ratcliffe - Feelings;

    • Greg Currie - Narratives

  • 13.00 - 15.00 Session 2: Feelings, Selves and Narratives: Case Studies

    • Konrad Michel - Depression;

    • Giancarlo DiMaggio - Personality Disorders

  • 15.30 - 17.30 Session 3

    • Hanna Pickard - Philosophical Reflections;

    • Matthew Broome - A Psychiatric perspective

Day Two: 13 October 2012  

  • 09.30 - 11.30 Session 1: Children's understanding and regulation of feeling

    • Paul Harris - the child's understanding of feeling;

    • Marc de Rosnay - this child's regulation of feeling

  • 12.00 - 13.00 Session 2: Narrative in forensic psychiatry

    • Gwen Adshead - 'Their dark materials: narrative and identity in men who have killed'

  • 13.30 - 15.30 Session 3: Narrative psychiatry

    • Philip Gerrans - Delusion and narrative;

    • Charles Fernyhough - Narrative and Memory

  • 16.00 - 17.30 Final Session

    • Lisa Bortolotti - Philosophy and Psychiatry;

    • Jon Jureidini - Reflections and general discussion


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