Unraveling the wonder of the ordinary: A narrative analysis of meaning construction in memories of familiar routines

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Abstract

Familiar routines may be a source of meaning, but just as well become habitual and lose meaning. To understand this paradox, a narrative approach was used to explore how meaning is constructed in memories of familiar routines. Two types were distinguished: routines of transition and routines of harmony. Results show how meaning construction may relate to the contrast between instrumental acts in the memories and their higher purpose. In routines of transition, meaning may emerge through a temporal transformation, while routines of harmony may become meaningful through the awareness of contrasting evaluations within the routine or a contrasting wider context.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
JournalJournal of Constructivist Psychology
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print/First online - 29 Dec 2018

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Keywords

  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • narrative analysis
  • ritual
  • meaningful moments
  • meaning construction
  • routine

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