A Service Member's Self in Transition: A Longitudinal Case Study Analysis

Jan Grimell*

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Adopting a narrative approach with a dialogical framework, a longitudinal case study is presented that describes a service member's self in transition from active service into the civilian population. An analysis and interpretation of the case study leads to the hypothesis that if a dominant military I-position appears in the self, a transition may initially create decentering movements of the self that in turn decrease integration and dialogical capacity of the self. New narrative concepts of who one is to become may take time to shape and anchor in corresponding I-position(s) of the self, and self-adaption may only reach a certain level of integration. However, the rise of a third position may unify two conflicting parts, or I-positions, of the self. This may prove to be a promising development for integration and dialogue of the self. Future research is encouraged that examines this hypothesis more broadly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-269
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Constructivist Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2017


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