Danish publications

Thomsen, D.K., Holm, T., Jensen, RAA., Lind, M., Pedersen A.M. (2023). Ny forskning: Narrativ identitet, psykisk lidelse og personlig recovery. Magasinet P.

Lind, M. (2019). Særegne livshistorier hos patienter med borderline personlighedsforstyrrelse. Magasinet P, 24-26

Lind, M. (2019). Flere generations livshistorier har gjort dig til den, du er i dag. Hearts & Minds, 11-12

Jensen, R.A., Lind, M., Pedersen, A.M., & Thomsen, D.K. (2018). Livshistorier. In Nørrelykke, H & Hansen, B. (Eds.), Professionelle samtaler og empatiske relationer (pp 123-158). København: Hans Reitzels Forlag Denmark

Thomsen, D.K. (2013). Tænkepauser: Livshistorien. Aarhus University Press.

Thomsen, D.K. (2007). Hvad er livshistorier gjort af? Magasinet Humaniora, 22, 18-21.

Christensen, I. & Thomsen, D.K. (2006). Erindring og livshistorie. PsykologNyt, 60, 22-29.

English publications

Thomsen, D.K., Pedersen, A.M., & Salgado, S. (in press). The experiences that define us: autobiographical periods predict memory centrality to narrative identity. JARMAC.

Lind. M (2023). Situating narrative identity within its disturbed narrative ecology. Frontiers in Psychiatry.

Lind, M., Kiel, L., Hansen, S.B., Jørgensen, M.S., Simonsen, E. (2023). Narrative identity within mentalization-based group therapy for adolescents: A feasibility study. Children, 10(5), 854.

Thomsen, D.K., Holm, T., Jensen, R.A.A., Lind, M. & Pedersen, A.M. (2023). Storying mental illness and personal recovery. Cambridge University Press.

Bauer, J.J. & Thomsen, D.K. (2022). Introduction to the special issue on “Storying the Good Life: Pathways and Pitfalls to Adaptive Narrative Identity”. Journal of Research in Personality.

Dunlop, W. L., Lind, M., Harake, N., Lee, D., Sedano, A., Ring, C., & Davis, J. P. (2022). Motivational and Affective Themes in the Life Stories of Underserved Emerging Adults: A Pilot Study. The International Journal of Reminiscence and Life Review9(1), 1-8.

Dunlop, W. L., & Lind, M. (2022). On attachment and evolution: Recounting the story of, and stories in, attachment theory. In T. Shackelford (ed.), The Cambridge handbook of evolutionary perspectives on sexual psychology. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.  

Dunlop, W. L., Lind, M., & Hopwood, C. J. (2022). Synthesizing contemporary integrative interpersonal theory and the narrative identity approach to examine personality dynamics and regulatory processes. Journal of Personality, 1– 14.

Lind, M. (2022). Fulfilling or failing to fulfill narrative developmental themes: An indicator of living into the good life in late adolescence. Journal of Research in Personality100, 104283.

Lind, M., Mroz, E., Sharma, S., Lee, D., Bluck, S. (2022). Emerging adults’ outlook on the future in the midst of COVID-19: The role of personality profiles. Journal of Adult Development, 1-13.

Lind, M., Sharp, C., & Dunlop, W. L. (2022). Why, How, and When to Integrate Narrative Identity Within Dimensional Approaches to Personality Disorders. Journal of personality disorders, 1–22.

Pedersen, A.M., Straarup, K.N., & Thomsen, D.K. (2022): “My life disappeared in illness”: bipolar disorder and themes in narrative identity. Memory.

Jensen, R.A.A., Thomsen, D.K., Lind, M., Ladegaard, N. & Fuglsang, V.B. (2021). Storying the past and the future: Agency and communion themes among individuals with  schizophrenia and depression. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.

Lind, M., Bo, S., Vanwoerden, S., Sharp, C. (2021). The role of narrative identity in the intrapsychic reasoning system. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment.

Lind, M., Dunlop, W., Simonsen, S. (2021). Incorporating narrative repair in the treatment of avoidant personality disorders: A case in point. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 77(5), 1176-1188.

Lind, M., Bluck, S., & McAdams, D. P. (2021). More vulnerable? The life story approach highlights older people’s potential for strength during the pandemic. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B76(2), e45-e48.

Lind, M. (2021). ICD-11 personality disorder: The indispensable turn to narrative identity. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 12, 121.

Marschall, H., Hansen, K.E., Forman, A., & Thomsen, D.K. (2021). Storying endometriosis: Examining relationships between narrative identity, mental health, and pain. Journal of Research in Personality.

Thomsen, D.K., Pfattheicher, S., & Dunlop, W.L. (2021). Authoring esteem: Writing about vicarious and personal life story chapters boosts state self-esteem. Personality Science, 2, 1-14.

Thomsen, D.K., Talarico, J.M., & Steiner, K.L. (in press). When does a wedding mark the beginning of a new chapter in one’s life? Scandinavian Journal of Psychology.

Holm, T., Thomsen, D.K., Huling, K.S., Fischer, M.W., & Lysaker, P.H. (2020). Narrative identity, metacognition, and well-being in patients with schizophrenia or HIV. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 208, 958-965.

Jensen, R.A.A., Thomsen, D.K., O'Connor, M., & Mehlsen, M.Y. (2020). Age differences in life stories and neuroticism mediate age differences in subjective well-being. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 34, 3-15.

Jensen, R.A.A., Thomsen, D.K., Fuglsang, V.B., & Ladegaard, N. (2020). Narrative identity in psychopathology: A negative past and a bright but foreshortened future. Psychiatry Research, 290.

Lind, M., Adler, J. M., & Clark, L. A. (2020). Narrative Identity and Personality Disorder: an Empirical and Conceptual Review. Current Psychiatry Reports22(12), 1-11.

Lind, M., Bluck, S., & Åkerlund*, H. (2020). Adults’ memories of childhood: The beginning of the life story. In Autobiographical Memory Development (pp. 148-160). Routledge.

Lind, M., Vanwoerden, S., Penner, F., & Sharp, C. (2020). Narrative coherence in adolescence: relations with attachment, mentalization, and psychopathology. Journal of Personality Assessment102(3), 380-389.

Thomsen, D.K., Panattoni, K.W., Allé, M.C., Wellnitz, K.B., & Pillemer, D.P. (2020). Vicarious life stories: Examining relations to personal life stories and well-being. Journal of Research in Personality, 88.

Leichtman, M., Steiner, K., Camilleri, K.A., Pillemer, D.B., & Thomsen, D.K. (2019). What happened in kindergarten? Mother-child conversations about life story chapters. Memory, 27, 49-62.

Lind, M., Demiray, B., Bluck, S. (2019). Identifying distinct sets of predictors of specific functions of autobiographical memory. Memory, 27(9), 1313-1318.

Lind, M., Vanwoerden, S., Penner, F., & Sharp, C. (2019). Inpatient adolescents with borderline personality disorder features: Identity diffusion and narrative incoherence. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 10(4), 389-393.

Lind, M., Jørgensen, C.R., Heinskou, T., Simonsen, S., Bøye, R. & Thomsen, D.K. (2019). Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder show increased agency in life stories after 12 months of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy, 56, 274-284.​

Lind, M., Thomsen, D.K., Heinskou, T., Simonsen, S., Bøye, R. & Jørgensen, C.R (2019). Personal and parents’ life stories in patients with borderline personality disorder. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 60, 231-242.

Panattoni, K.W., Nielsen, K.N., & Thomsen, D.K. (2019). Heart-followers, hero, maiden: Life story positioning within a romantic couple. Qualitative Psychology.

Steiner, K., Pillemer, D.B., & Thomsen, D.K. (2019). Writing about life story chapters increases self-esteem: Three experimental studies. Journal of Personality, 87, 962-980.

Thomsen, D.K., Jensen, R.A.A., & Mehlsen, M.Y. (2019). One-year stability in life story chapters and memories among emerging, middle-aged, and older adults. Journal of Research in Personality, 82.

Thomsen, D.K. & Vedel, A. (2019). Relationships among personal life stories, vicarious life stories about mothers and fathers, and well-being. Identity, 19, 230-243.

Holm, T., Thomsen, D.K., & Bliksted, V.F. (2018). Themes of unfulfilled agency and communion themes in life stories if patients with schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research, 269, 772-778.

Panattoni, K.W. & Thomsen, D.K. (2018). My partner’s stories: Relationships between personal and vicarious life stories within romantic couples. Memory, 26, 1416-1429.

Thomsen, D.K., Lundorff, M., Damkier, A., & O’Connor, M. (2018). Narrative identity and grief reactions: A prospective study of bereaved partners. JARMAC, 7, 412-421.

Holm, T & Thomsen, D.K. (2018). Self-event connections in life stories, self-concept clarity, and dissociation: Examining their relations with symptoms of psychopathology. Imagination, Cognition, and Personality, 37, 293-317.

Lind, M. & Thomsen, D.K. (2018). Functions of personal and vicarious life stories: Identity and empathy. Memory, 26, 672-682.

Pedersen, A.M., Straarup, K.N., & Thomsen, D.K. (2018). Narrative identity in female patients with remitted bipolar disorder: A negative past and a foreshortened future. Memory, 26, 219-228.

Holm, T., Pillemer, D.B., Bliksted, V. & Thomsen, D.K. (2017). A decline in self-defining memories following a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 76, 18-25

Steiner, K.L. Thomsen, D.K., & Pillemer, D.B. (2017). Life story chapters, specific memories, and conceptions of the self. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 31, 478-487.

Thomsen, D.K., Lind, M., & Pillemer, D.P. (2017). Examining relations between aging, life story chapters, and well-being. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 31, 207-215.

Thomsen, D.K. & Pillemer, D.B. (2017). I know my story and I know your story:

Developing a conceptual framework for vicarious life stories. Journal of Personality, 85, 464-480.

Holm, T., Thomsen, D.K., & Bliksted, V.F. (2016). Life story chapters and narrative self-continuity in patients with schizophrenia. Consciousness and Cognition, 45, 60-74.

Thomsen, D.K., Matthiesen, S., Frederiksen, Y., Ingerslev, H.J., Zachariae, R., & Mehlsen M.Y. (2016). Trait anxiety predicts the emotional valence of meaning-making in life stories: A 10-year prospective study. Personality and Individual Differences, 102, 51-55.

Thomsen, D.K., Steiner, K.L., & Pillemer, D.B. (2016). Life story chapters: Past and future, you and me. JARMAC, 5, 143-149.

Pillemer, D.B., Steiner, K.L., Kuwabara, K.J., Thomsen, D.K., & Svob, C. (2015). Vicarious memories. Consciousness & Cognition, 36, 233-245.

Thomsen, D.K. (2015). Autobiographical periods: A review and central components of a theory. Review of General Psychology, 19, 294-310.

Thomsen, D.K., Jensen, T., Holm, T., Olesen, M.H., Schnieber, A., & Tønnesvang, J. (2015). A 3.5 year diary study: Remembering and life story importance are predicted by different event characteristics. Consciousness and Cognition, 36, 180-195.

Steiner, K.L., Pillemer, D.B., Thomsen, D.K. & Minigan, A.P. (2014). The reminiscence bump in older adults' life story transitions. Memory, 22, 1002-1009.

Thomsen, D. K., Olesen, M. H., Schnieber, A. & Tønnesvang, J. (2014). The emotional content of life stories: Positivity bias and relation to personality. Cognition and Emotion, 28, 260-277.

Pillemer, D. B., Thomsen, D. K., Kuwabara, K. & Ivcevic, Z. (2013). Feeling good and bad about past and future self. Memory, 21, 210-218.

Thomsen, D.K., Olesen, M.H., Schnieber, A., Jensen, T. & Tønnesvang, J. (2012). What characterizes life story memories? A diary study of freshmen’s first term. Consciousness and Cognition, 21, 366-382.

Thomsen, D. K., Pillemer, D. B. & Ivcevic, Z. (2011). Life story chapters, specific memories and the reminiscence bump. Memory, 19, 267-279.

Thomsen, D.K., Schnieber, A. & Olesen, M. H. (2011). Rumination is associated with the phenomenal characteristics of autobiographical memories and future scenarios. Memory, 19, 574-584.

Thomsen, D.K. (2009). There is more to life stories than memories. Memory, 17, 445-457.

Thomsen, D.K. & Berntsen, D. (2009). The long-term impact of emotionally stressful events on memory characteristics and life story. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 23, 579-598.

Thomsen, D.K. & Berntsen, D. (2008). The cultural life script and life story chapters contribute to the reminiscence bump. Memory, 16, 420-436.

Thomsen, D.K. & Jensen, A.B. (2008). Memories and narratives about breast cancer: Exploring associations between turning points, distress and meaning. Narrative Inquiry, 17, 349-370.

Thomsen, D.K. & Berntsen, D. (2005). The end point effect in autobiographical memory – more than a calendar is needed. Memory, 13, 846-861.


Examples of outreach activities

Interview for the introduction to “Livshistorier – 44 fortællinger fra de aarhusianske plejehjem”, Aarhus Kommune.

Lectures at the Open University on life stories, well-being, and aging.

Lectures on life stories for various organizations, including Ældresagen and events organized by local church communities.

Life story course at pastor seminar.