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"Who am I?" "How do I fit in the world around me?" This revealing and innovative book demonstrates that each of us discovers what is true and meaningful, in our lives and in ourselves, through the creation of personal myths. Challenging the traditional view that our personalities are formed by fixed, unchanging characteristics, or by predictable stages through which every individual travels, The Stories We Live By persuasively argues that we are the stories we tell. Informed by extensive scientific research--yet highly readable, engaging, and accessible--the book explores how understanding and revising our personal stories can open up new possibilities for our lives.
Dan P. McAdams , Nothwestern University , Evanston , Il.
Table of Contents
|INTRODUCTION Life and Myth||11||(8)|
|PART I Making Lives into Stories||19||(98)|
|PART II Story Characters||117||(48)|
|PART III The Mythic Challenge of Adulthood||165||(112)|
|EPILOGUE Beyond Stroy||277||(24)|
|APPENDIX 1 Agency and Communion||281||(12)|
|APPENDIX 2 Nuclear Episodes||293||(8)|