Tilmann Habermas is Professor of Psychoanalysis in the Department of Psychology at Goethe University Frankfurt. He pursues the question of how autobiographical narrating develops across the lifespan, how specifically (auto-)biographical reasoning develops as a new competence in adolescence and how it is used in the ongoing longitudinal MainLife Study that started in 2003. He also works on the relationship between narrator emotion, narrative, and listener emotion as well as on narrative processes in psychodynamic psychotherapy.


The Frankfurt Longitudinal Study of Life Narrativeshttp://www.psychologie.uni-frankfurt.de/57321375/Development_of_the_life_story

Emotion and Narrative http://www.psychologie.uni-frankfurt.de/57321388/20_-Emotion-and-narrative

Key Publications:

Habermas, T. (2019). Emotion and narrative: Perspectives in autobiographical storytelling. Cambridge University Press.

Fivush, R., Habermas, T., & Reese, E. (2019). Retelling lives: Narrative style and stability of highly emotional events over time. Qualitative Psychology, 6, 156-166.

Habermas, T. (ed.). The Development of Autobiographical Reasoning in Adolescence and Beyond. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, 131. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass 2011.

Habermas, T., & Berger, N. (2011). “Retelling Everyday Emotional Events: Condensation, Distancing, and Closure.” Cognition & Emotion25, 206-219.

Habermas, T. (2006). “Who Speaks? Who Looks? Who Feels? Point of View in Autobiographical Narratives.” International Journal of Psychoanalysis87, 497-518.