1. Agnieszka Konopka, Robert A. Neimeyer & Jason Jacobs-Lentz (2017): Composing the Self: Toward the Dialogical Reconstruction of Self-Identity, Journal of Constructivist
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          1. Agnieszka Konopka & Wim van Beers, (2016). Compositionwork: A Method for Self Exploration and Development. In (Hubert Hermans, ed) Assessing and Stimulating a Dialogical Self in Groups, Teams, Cultures, and Organizations (pp. 55-73). Springer International Publishing.
          1. Agnieszka Konopka & Wim van Beers (2015) Compositionwork and  TEA model. Time dimension in Compositionwork In: Yasuda Yuko, Nameda Akinobu, Fukuda Mari & Sato Tatsuya (Eds.). (2015). Wordmap TEA  Practice edited (all 200p.). shin-yo-sha.  
            ISBN ISBN978-4-7885-1430-0 C1011 (published in Japanese language: 安田裕子・滑田明暢・福田茉莉・サトウタツヤ(編).(2015).ワードマップTEA 実践編―複線径路等至性アプローチを活用する(総272p.).新曜社.ISBN (ISBN978-4-7885-1430-0 C1011)
          1. Agnieszka Konopka & Wim van Beers (2015) Compositionwork and  TEA model. In : Yasuda Yuko, Nameda Akinobu, Fukuda Mari & Sato Tatsuya(Eds.). (2015). Wordmap TEA  Theory edited(all 200p.). shin-yo-sha.  
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Dissertation in psychology of emotions, based on Dialogical Self Theory and the Self Confrontation Method. In my research I discovered that emotions are important powers for changing the self and motivation.

Dynamic Aspects of Emotional Experience and its Personality Determinants

Agnieszka Konopka

Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Warsaw, Poland

My dissertation was focused on the question how feelings can provoke a change in the self and motivation. I explored how different kinds of feelings influence the sense of self and action tendencies. I focused my attention on transformative aspects of emotional experience that can be important factors in a process of the development of the self as well in the process of coaching or therapy. I developed two lists of verbs that can be used for exploration of emotional experience and development of emotional awareness.

Results of my research showed that the sense of self and motivation is significantly influenced by variety of feelings. The most narrowing feeling was according to my results the feeling of anxiety and inferiority. The most broadening and opening feeling was love. On the basis of these results,my study and practice as psychologist I developed together with prof Hubert Hermans a model of emotional coaching (The Stage model)  that is applied in coaching to stimulate  innovation and change in the self and motivation. The model has been published by Cambridge University press in the book: The Dialogical Self Theory. Positioning and counter-positioning in globalizing society. Authors: Hubert Hermans & Agnieszka Hermans-Konopka

Dynamic Aspects of Emotional Experience and its Personality Determinants.


The Dialogical Self, was described by Gonçalves and Salgado as “one of the most promising ways to develop a dynamic perspective on selfhood”(Gonçalves & Salgado, 2001, s. 367). It is also an excellent basis for understanding feelings as dynamic processes. Departing from the Dialogical Self Theory (Hermans, 2001, 2003, 2004, Hermans & Kempen, 1993) the authors are going to present the dynamic, dialogical conceptualization of feelings and results of the research based on such a model. Feelings from this perspective can be described as relational processes involving following dynamic aspects of emotional experience: emotional movements (EM) understood as changes in experience of self and action tendencies (AT). Two lists of verbs: LEV (Konopka, 2004) and the list from Self Confrontation Method (Hermans, 1985) have been applied to explore dynamic aspects of emotional experience of 14 feelings. Research made on the group of 120 participants showed significant differences between positive and negative feelings and 14 specific categories of feelings. These findings will be discussed from the perspective of The Dialogical Self Theory and Fredrickson’s (1998) broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions.

Keywords: feelings, motivation, dialogical self,action tendencies, change in the self