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Tilmann Habermas

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. He also works on the relationship between narrator emotion, narrative, and listener emotion.


The Frankfurt Longitudinal Study of Life Narratives

Emotion and Narrative

Key Publications:

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 & Emotion 25 (2011): 206-219.

Habermas, T. (2006). “Who Speaks? Who Looks? Who Feels? Point of View in Autobiographical Narratives.” International Journal of Psychoanalysis 87 (2006): 497-518.

email: tilmann.habermas[at]