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Books and Publications

Handbook of Dialogical Self Theory and Psychotherapy: Bridging Psychotherapeutic and Cultural Traditions.

Agnieszka Konopka, Hubert Hermans & Miguel Goncalves (Eds.)

Routledge, 2018


‘”How do I silence the self-critical voices in my head?” “What can I do about my vulnerable side?” The idea that human beings consist of many different “selves” is integral to a diverse array of psychotherapy and counselling practices. This unique and much-needed collection of chapters looks at how therapists can work with the “dialogical self”: helping clients to overcome internal conflicts and find more cooperative, dialogical, and satisfying internal relationships. Written by leading international experts in the field, the chapters provide a wealth of guidance, illustrated throughout with vivid and compelling case studies and narratives. A very valuable resource for therapists of all orientations.’ – Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling Psychology, University of Roehampton

Dialogical Self Theory. Positioning and Counter-Positioning in a Globalizing Society.  Hubert Hermans & Agnieszka Konopka

Cambridge University Press, 2010

Composing the Self: Toward the Dialogical Reconstruction of Self-Identity

by Agnieszka Konopka & Robert Neimeyer

Composition work is an artistic method of work with identity and emotions, used in therapy, counseling, coaching, and training. Practiced in the context of constructivist counseling and grounded in dialogical self theory, it involves representation of a community of self or I-positions reflecting different aspects of one’s identity through the use of small stones and other natural objects in a way that depicts their dynamic relation to one another. read more


Compositionwork: A Method for Self-Investigation

by Agnieszka Konopka & Wim van Beers

This article presents compositionwork as a method based on dialogical self theory, according to which the self is understood as a multiplicity of I-positions (different sides of the self) in the landscape of the mind. The person making the composition uses language and stones to represent relevant I-positions of her- or himself self, thus externalizing these and creating a personal landscape of mind. read more


Including the ‘Unspeakable’ in the Democracy of the Self: Accessing Implicit I-positions in Composition Work

by Agnieszka Konopka & Huiyan Zhang

Dialogical Self Theory (DST) presumes that dialogue lies not only between, but also within people, between different self-aspects, termed in this theory internal I-positions, and between them and internalized “voices” of others, conceptualized as external I-positions. Including multiple positions in the dialogue enhances the democratic organization of the self and enlarges possibilities of giving a constructive answer to any significant life change, loss, or transition. Some I-positions are not easily accessible through a verbal or a narrative account. However, accessing those not yet known, implicit positions, and including them in a dialogue can become an important source of new meanings, necessary to take constructive steps in the process of transition. This paper presents a method of art therapy/coaching, Composition Work, which helps to access the not-yet-verbalized, bodily felt multiplicity of I-positions and include them in a dialogue. Following a case study, we discuss methodological and theoretical aspects of work with implicit I-positions and its consequences for the process of significant transitions and losses in work and private life.

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