Narrative-based research and psychosocial practices in Japan


  • Masayoshi Morioka Ritsumeikan University
  • kakuko Matsumoto Mukogawa Women’s University
  • Koichi Hirose Aichi University of Education



Narrative, Semiotic activity, Boundary zone, Life story, Psychosocial support


The aim of this study was to investigate how the narrative mode of thinking creates therapeutic meaning in psychosocial practice in Japan. The main question of research guide was how the narrative mode of thinking can facilitate reconstructing the self. The idea of the Japanese psychologist Hayao Kawai was reviewed. It was indicated that his idea was examined according to the movement of the narrative turn in the field of the practice of human science. The methodology of this study was based on the analysis on the clinical vignette in the field of psychological counseling and the social support for delinquents by group music therapy. Next, the personal life story of a Teacher was analyzed in this study. The point of analysis was focused on the act of meaning making and the semiotic activity of the narrative process. In this point, the Japanese cultural concept of ma was examined, the boundary transitive zone. The concluding remark was that the semiotic activity of meaning was generated and forms the dynamism of tension around opposites. Personal narratives were created in the boundary transitive zone.


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Biografia do Autor

Masayoshi Morioka, Ritsumeikan University

Masayoshi Morioka, PhD, is Professor at College of Comprehensive Psychology, Ritsumeikan University, Japan. 


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MORIOKA, M.; MATSUMOTO, kakuko; HIROSE, K. Narrative-based research and psychosocial practices in Japan. Revista Brasileira de Pesquisa (Auto)biográfica, [S. l.], v. 4, n. 12, p. 849–863, 2019. DOI: 10.31892/rbpab2525-426X.2019.v4.n12.p849-863. Disponível em: Acesso em: 21 jun. 2024.