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PM. INVENTING POSITIVE FUTURE SELVES: THE ROLE OF CONTEXT AND IMAGINATIVE CAPACITY

Assignment type: MA

Internal –or external?: Internal

Multiple students? Ja (2 students)

New data collection? Nee

Type of research: Literature review

Background

As humans our great evolutionary advantage is our capacity for self-making and world making. The possible selves theory, formulated by Markus and Nurius in 1986, laid the foundation for three decades of research into the human capacity to invent ourselves and our worlds. Possible selves are defined as “individuals’ ideas of what they might become, what they would like to become, and what they are afraid of becoming”. Over the years, possible selves research has been concerned with a variety of topics (education, well-being and health), and branched into a variety of approaches.

Short description of the research

In this study, you investigate the state-of-the-art of one promising approach or topic within the possible selves literature, for example research on:

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the way social environments and communities foster positive possible selves, while limiting or devaluing possible selves are discouraged

2.

the role of the imaginative capacity to invent new possible selves, which support the process of fulfilling full potentiality

You will use a method for systematic literature review, see for example http://www.prisma-statement.org/

Start date: September 2016

In case you are interested in this assignment, please contact the PPT master coördinator

Who are we looking for?

Students who can work systematically, with strong analytical capacity and who can work independently.

What do we offer?

The chance to contribute to cutting-edge research in the Storylab aimed at developing a narrative approach to possible selves

More info?: Anneke Sools a.m.sools@utwente.nl

Supervisor: to be confirmed