About the Author

Paul Stenner

E-Mail: Paul.Stenner@open.ac.uk

Paul Stenner has been Professor of Social Psychology at the Open University since 2011. Previously Professor of Psychosocial Studies at the University of Brighton, he has held lectureships at University College London, University of Bath, and the University of East London. He is Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, a Humboldt fellow, and was President of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP) until 2019. He adopts a transdisciplinary theoretical approach to psychology informed by process philosophy and is known internationally for his expertise in Q methodology and other qualitative methods for accessing the subjective dimension of social issues. He researches a range of topics from contested health issues to political subjectivity. Recent edited and authored books include Orpheus’ Glance. Selected Papers on Process Psychology: The Fontarèches Meetings, 2002–2017 (with Michel Weber, Les Editions Chromatika, 2018), Liminality and Experience: A Transdisciplinary Approach to the Psychosocial (Palgrave, 2017) and Doing Q Methodological Research: Theory, Method and Interpretation (with Simon Watts, London: Sage, 2012).

Contributions by Author: Paul Stenner

The Illness of Narrative

Reframing the Question of Limits

This paper uses Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground as the starting point for a critique of the assumption that engaging with narratives enhances well-being. While the ‘limits of narrative’ have long been an object of critique by scholars in the medical humanities, the question of limits has been posed primarily in terms of whether narrativity can be considered an anthropological universal, and in terms of what (or whom) a privileging of narrativity might exclude. […]