|1.||Theories of self and identity (Chapters 1-3)|
|2.||Narrative methods for exploring the self (Chapters 4 and 5)|
|3.||Practical applications of the study of self in traumatic situations (Chap- ters 6-8).|
The book has a logical structure where theoretical approaches are first introduced, followed by an overview of methods encouraging you to apply those theories to your own autobiography. The third section of the book further illustrates such theories using case-study material taken from the empirical study of various kinds of psychological and emotional trauma such as childhood sexual abuse and HIV infection. Each of these issues is examined in a way which demonstrates how traumatizing events often lead to a breakdown of temporal coherence and order, creating the need to reconstruct meaning and a sense of identity through the use of contemporary narratives and discourses.