What is it about?

It is gratifying that NARRATIVE BASED RESEARCH has been positioned in this way as a public good by the Japanese Psychological Association. The narrative dimension opens up the fundamental foundations of the personal experience. When coming into contact with the depths of an individual's world of experience, their 'personal life', in various fields of practice, the experience should be shaped and shared. Through storytelling, the lived reality of the individual can be seen to emerge. On the other hand, when we shift our focus from being caught up in the reality or situation being told and expressing an opinion, to the narrative itself, it becomes possible to move from the dimension of fact to that of meaning.

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Why is it important?

The experience of others is always accompanied by something that is not known. The basis of narrative practice research is not to replace it with known knowledge or expertise, but to question its meaning while maintaining concern, questioning and interest in it. There is always a sense of surprise involved. It means being surprised by what the narratives, words, actions and situations of others are telling us. It is through this surprise that experience is reflected upon, and it is from this starting point that understanding is developed in narrative based research and practice.


I would like many people to know about the Japanese situation of NARRATIVE BASED RESEARCH AND PRACTICE. We also hope that we can be of some help in the current world crisis. As people around the world suffer in the form of pandemics, war and violence, we believe that a collaborative narrative perspective can help us to examine the meaning of our experiences together and to rebuild ourselves and our societies.

Masayoshi Morioka
Ritsumeikan Daigaku

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This page is a summary of: Editorial: Narrative‐Based Approaches in Psychological Research and Practice, Japanese Psychological Research, October 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/jpr.12382.
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