“The narrative identity can be understood as an active information-processing structure, a cognitive schema, a construct system that is both shaped by and later mediates social interaction.
Essentially, people construct stories to account for what they do and why they did it. These narratives impose an order on people’s actions and explain people’s behavior with sequence of events that connect up to explanatory goals, motivations, and feelings.
These self-narratives then act to shape and guide future behaviour, as people act in ways that agree with the stories or myths they have created about themselves.”
Maruna, (2001). Making good: How ex-convicts reform and rebuild their lives.