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    Parallel returns: feelings, temporality and narrative in the experience of guilt

    Boden, Z.V.R. and Eatough, Virginia (2019) Parallel returns: feelings, temporality and narrative in the experience of guilt. Qualitative Research in Psychology , ISSN 1478-0887. (In Press)

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    This paper tentatively sketches out a model of guilt. It is based on hermeneutic phenomenological analyses of five men’s accounts of feeling guilty and is informed by phenomenological and narrative theory. The model maps how guilt unfolds through time in a looping, iterative manner. Initially, guilt feelings are overwhelming and immediate, such that time seems to collapse. The guilt process then unfolds into two ‘parallel returns’; temporal loops wherein an individual first relives their guilt feelings (a ‘bodily return’) and then re-narrates the experience (a ‘narrative return’) in numerous iterations, in an attempt to make sense of what has happened. The final phase maps the resolution: as the narrative becomes more adequate, sense-making becomes easier, and bodily experience is incorporated into over-arching life narratives in a process of synthesis. When this happens, the experience shifts from feeling ‘stuck’ to progression. Mapping guilt in this way offers insight into the interplay between temporality, feelings and narrative in this particular experience, but may also provide a framework to consider how it is possible to ‘work through’ other difficult emotional experiences.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Virginia Eatough
    Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2019 15:03
    Last Modified: 21 Jun 2021 19:09


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