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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2015, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (7): 1160-1168.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.01160

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Autobiographical Reasoning: The Thought Process of Self Identity Formation

LIN Jiabin; LI Lihong   

  1. (Faculty of Education, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024, China)
  • Received:2014-11-05 Online:2015-07-15 Published:2015-07-15
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Autobiographical reasoning is a reasoning that connecting events and self, it creates the continuity of human’s life story, it is one of the core processes of the development of self-identity. It combines self-concept and personal experience, develops and protects personal continuity and self-identity perception. This review summarizes the types of autobiographical reasoning and analyzes the components that have influence on its development. Furthermore, this review introduces the neural mechanisms of autographical reasoning and studies that inflects the relationship between autographical reasoning and mental health and well-being, etc. In the end, this article gives some main idea about the developing trends of autobiographical reasoning research.

Key words: autobiographical reasoning, narrative, life story, self-event connections.