You are not a unity; you are a multiplicity who tries to become a unity  The Dialogical Self Approach (DSA) is a practical methodology used in coaching, training and counseling

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Dialogical Self is used in government formation, trainings, coaching,education. Inspires practitioners and scientists from over 40 countries.

 The Dialogical Self Approach (DSA) is a practical methodology used in coaching,psychotherapy, training and counseling which invites clients to explore and understand entirely different sides of themselves (e.g. I as enjoyer of life, I as hard worker, I as child of my parents) and their important emotions. The approach focuses on aspects of oneself that have not only very different emotional meanings, but also imply conflicts and oppositions. 

 Dialogical Self Approach includes:

The Personal Position Repertoire Method (PPR) developed by prof. dr. Hubert Hermans in cooperation with Els Hermans-Jansen

Compositionwork Method developed by dr. Agnieszka Konopka and prof. dr.Hubert Hermans

Self Confrontation Method (SCM) developed by prof. dr.Hubert Hermans in cooperation with Els Hermans-Jansen

Emotional Coaching developed by dr. Agnieszka Konopka and prof. dr. Hubert Hermans

Negotiational Self Method developed by dr. Dina Nir

Expressive Writing as teached by dr. Reinekke Lengelle

Dialogical Culture Coaching developed by dr. Jutta Koning

Dialogical Leadership Method developed by dr. Rens van Loon

Team Confrontation Method developed by dr. Peter Zomer

Self Confrontation Method in Organizations developed on the basis of Self Confrontation Method by Richard van de Loo


Advantages of work in Dialogical Self Approach

  • the approach has scientific status and base in research
  • it allows to work on identity and the development of the self, taking into account complexity, cultural positions, inner conflicts, contradictive roles and problems of balance, it aims to discover the richness and potential of the self
  • it offers a line of profound work on emotions as powers of change, innovation, authentic influence and motivation
  • it includes work with art and nonverbal symbolic materials
  • it is based on the dialogical self theory which gives a ground for coherent methodology of work and basis for understanding ongoing processes
  • it takes into account problems of globalization and uncertainty
  • the approach is embodied in international community and network
  • it allows to work both on personal and transpersonal level

 Read the article by Hubert Hermans What is the Dialogical Self Approach









International Institute of Dialogical Self (IIDS) was established by Agnieszka Konopka and Hubert Hermans, the creator of the Dialogical Self Theory in 2008 in relation with Dialogical Practice Network. 

Scientific Director, Hubert Hermans is a creator of Dialogical Self Theory and an internationally recognized authority in narrative psychology and in narrative psychotherapy.  Hubert Hermans is an author of many publications, translated into nine languages. His recent book “Dialogical Self Theory: Positioning and Counter-Positioning in a Globalizing Society,” was written with Agnieszka Konopka, and has been published in April 2010. Visit website of Hubert Hermans.

Agnieszka Konopka, holds a PhD in psychology of emotions. She is co-founder of composition work and a Cambridge University Press author and co-author of 'Dialogical Self Theory. Positioning and Counter-positioning in a Globalizing Society’ (together with prof.Hubert Hermans). She is author or co-author of many articles and book chapters about emotional change, identity, dialogical self and composition work published in English, Dutch, Japanese, Greek and Polish languages. She maintains a private practice as a therapist and coach in The Netherlands and gives trainings for psychologists, coaches and therapists internationally.