Volume 1 Number
1 Spring 2006
Generated From Different Positions
Makes For A Boisterous Self: A Commentary On Stemplewska-Zakowicz,
Walecka and Gabinska
Maya Sakellaropoulo and Mark W.
Walecka and Gabinska describe a novel empirical examination of
one of the basic premises of Dialogical Self theory; namely,
whether different I-positions produce different self-narratives.
Their analysis led them to discover several interesting findings,
some of which stem directly from dialogical self theory and some
of which are more surprising. Stemplewska-Zakowicz and colleagues'
article therefore calls attention to several important distinctions
between I-positions, including the distinction between explicit
versus implicit positioning, as well as comparisons among I-positions,
including distinguishable differences in the content as well
as the formal characteristics of the self-narratives generated
by different I-positions. The authors should be commended for
embarking on the challenging empirical journey into the dialogical
|Keywords: Dialogical Self,
Dialogical Science, Implicit, Explicit, Positioning, Relational