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As Hermann Broch (2002) comments of public and intellectual exchange in an era of violence and conflict, ‘the world is full of voices. Not the voices of dialogue and discourse, but muddled voices, as if from a broken loudspeaker, each shouting down and drowning out the others, a Babel of languages and ideas ignoring each other’ (42). Against such a backdrop, daily, constantly, and unceasingly, humans face an immensity of detail and eventfulness that presents itself in everyday experience, but, despite Broch’s pessimism, seem by and large not to be overwhelmed.

One can assume that most nonacademic people leading what they regard as their ‘ordinary’ lives do not obtain or direct their views or judgments through matters such as demographics, statistics, academic research, or even in most cases any quantitative apprehension of lived experience. Rather their points of reference are most often impressionistic, intuitive to a degree, but mostly narrative in nature, which suggests that narrative stimuli will evoke significant and appropriate responses related quite naturally to such lived experiences.

F. Raggat (2006) points out: Although the development of coherence in self-representations (whether in the form of scripts, schemas, or stories) is obviously important for functioning, the assumption of a core self underlying all this might be misleading [ ... ] My point is not that integration is somehow wrongheaded. Individuals clearly derive happiness and a sense of purpose from the experience of integrating past, present, and future into synergistic wholes. However, the tendency to normalize and even reify these experiences as the quintessence and sum total of identity development might not be conducive to a more nuanced understanding.

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