Małgorzata Puchalska-Wasyl
Instytut Psychologii KUL


Human beings are storytellers by nature. They organize many different kinds of information in narrative way. However the act of storytelling always presupposes a dialogical relationship between a teller and a listener, who may change roles in a mutually supported process of exchange. It means that story needs not only a sender but also a receiver. The audience can be created by a real as well as an imaginary figure. The phenomenon of an imaginary interlocutor is explained by the theory of dialogical self by Hermans. The paper presents the research based on the above mentioned theory. Four basic types of imaginary interlocutors are distinguished: Faithful Friend, Proud Rival, Helpless Child and Ambivalent Parent. Main functions fulfilled by aforesaid types of the figures are also discussed. They are: Support, Substitution, Exploration, Bond, Self-improvement, Insight and Self-guiding.
Autor: Ewelina Soszyńska
Ostatnia aktualizacja: 09.03.2007, godz. 15:31 - Ewelina Soszyńska