‘My dear hero’: Fictional characters give voice to adolescents’ sensitive family issues Maria- Michaela Asimakopoulou, Eleni- Maria Dimou, Eirini Pantazi, Eleni Petroulaki, Eva Theodoraki ‘Logo Psychis’- Training and Research Institute for Systemic Psychotherapy, Athens, Greece. The Fiction tool (Androutsopoulou, 2001, 2015) is designed to facilitate the narration of personal stories in a safe emotional environment, and is based on an understanding of the self as multi-part and polyphonic. The instructions ask for the written summary of a favourite fiction story, selection of three heroes, their feelings and their life development. Previous research has shown that, in adults, the main hero reflects the future projection of the more dominant part of self with other heroes reflecting less dominant parts, sometimes silenced by trauma and not voiced in ordinary therapy talk. In the present qualitative study, we investigated the usefulness of the Fiction Tool in helping adolescents
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11 th International Conference on the Dialogical Self, Barcelona, Spain, 10-13 June, 2020 Invited Symposium Title: "Vladimir, Vincent, and Virginia”: Psychobiography and the puzzle of suicide from the lens of Dialogical Self Theory Co-ordinator: Athena Androutsopoulou, PhD E-mail: Athena@androutsoopulou.gr Affiliation: ‘Logo Psychis’- Training and Research Institute for Systemic Psychotherapy, Athens, Greece Discussant: Kia Thanopoulou E-mail: email@example.com Affiliation: Family Therapy Unit, Psychiatric Hospital of Attica, Greece There is a recent revival of psychobiography, with approaches other than the psychoanalytic being used as theoretical lenses to study famous persons. There is also increased recognition that psychobiography can advance psychological theory and help improve clinical practice. In the three psychobiography studies of Vladimir Mayakovski, Vincent van Gogh, and Virginia Woolf included in this symposium, the researchers adopt a dial