The Stories We Live by: Personal Myths and the Making of the Self

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Guilford Press, 1 jan. 1993 - 336 pagina's
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Ideal for mental health professionals interested in the rich potential a narrative perspective offers, this revealing and innovative book de monstrates that people develop a sense of self through the creation of personal myths. It challenges the traditional view that personalities are formed by fixed, unchanging characteristics or by predictable sta ges through which every individual travels, and it persuasively argues that we are the stories we tell. Based on more than 10 years of resea rch and hundreds of first-hand interviews, the book explores the intim ate connection between personal myths and perceptions, relationships, and life choices.
 

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THE STORIES WE LIVE BY: Personal Myths and the Making of the Self

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From psychologist McAdams, a strong and engrossing argument for the relationship between storytelling and personal development. The stories people tell about their lives re-create special moments ... Volledige review lezen

The stories we live by: personal myths and the making of the self

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Ranging widely within the canon of Western psychology, McAdams claims to offer a new perspective on personal mythmaking. He discriminates between the collective myths that people inherit and the ... Volledige review lezen

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Inhoudsopgave

Life and Myth
11
The Meaning of Stories
19
Narrative Tone and Imagery
39
Theme and Ideological Setting
67
Becoming the Mythmaker
91
Character and Imago
117
Agentic and Communal Characters
133
Identity Malaise and Faith
165
Generating New Beginnings
223
Exploring Your Myth
251
Beyond Story
277
Agency and Communion
281
Nuclear Episodes
293
NOTES
301
INDEX
327
Copyright

Putting It Together in Midlife
195

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Over de auteur (1993)

Dan P. McAdams, PhD, is Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University, where he is also Director of the Foley Center for the Study of Lives. He has published 12 books and over 100 articles and chapters in the areas of personality and developmental psychology.

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