Moments, Attachment and Formations of Selfhood: Dancing with Now
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What moments are people remembering from their lives? How do moments influence the way people think about themselves? What are moments telling us about the nature of self? These questions are explored in relation to the Moments project, an empirical study of moments people remember from their lives. Working at the intersection of psychology and critical theory, selected moments regarding Relationships, Change, and Death, such as the Wonderful sad monkey, the Black rocking chair, and Whoosh…here I am, are interpreted in an innovative analysis of empirical data. In the context of modern life, Moments argues the pendulum has swung too far in the direction of narrative and offers the inherent coherence of moments as an alternative grounding for self, with the key shift in attentional orientation for identity practices from narrative constructions based on answering the question 'Who am I?' to a focus on immediate experience responding to 'What is happening?'