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Narratives of Space, Time, and Life

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The mind constructs narratives from what would otherwise be chaos. Narratives viewed minimally—at least two temporally ordered events—are revealed in the way people talk about space and time. Narratives replete with a voice, causality, and emotion are reflected in the stories people tell about their own lives, stories that, as acknowledged by their tellers, distort the details around 60% of the time, but, according to their tellers, distort the ‘truth’ far less often.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Psychology Department, Stanford University

Publication date: 2004-09-01

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