The Stories We Live By Personal Myths and the Making of the Self

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/3/1997
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press

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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.

Author Biography

Dan P. McAdams , Nothwestern University , Evanston , Il.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION Life and Myth 11(8)
PART I Making Lives into Stories 19(98)
CHAPTER 1 The Meaning of Stories
CHAPTER 2 Narrative Tone and Imagery
CHAPTER 3 Theme and Ideological Setting
CHAPTER 4 Becoming the Mythmaker
PART II Story Characters 117(48)
CHAPTER 5 Character and Imago
CHAPTER 6 Agentic and Communal Characters
PART III The Mythic Challenge of Adulthood 165(112)
CHAPTER 7 Identity, Malaise, and Faith
CHAPTER 8 Putting It Together in Mid-life
CHAPTER 9 Generating New Beginnings
CHAPTER 10 Exploring Your Myth
EPILOGUE Beyond Stroy 277(24)
APPENDIX 1 Agency and Communion 281(12)
APPENDIX 2 Nuclear Episodes 293(8)
NOTES 301(26)

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