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Identity is a life story

March 29, 2011

identity is a life storyA life story is a personal myth that an individual begins working on in late adolescence and young adulthood in order to provide his or her life with unity or purpose and in order to articulate a meaningful niche in the psychosocial world.”[1]

 

“a life story includes many different features and aspects, including a distinctive narrative tone, personal imagery, thematic lines, ideological settings, pivotal scenes, conflicting protagonists, and an anticipation of the ending to come.  Each of these features has its own developmental logic; each arises in salience at a particular point in the human life cycle; and each is fully contextualized in the time, place, and ethos of a given individual’s life.” [2]

 


[1] 5 Dan McAdams (1993) The stories we live by; personal myths and the making of the self.  The Guilford Press; New York and London.

[2] 6 Dan McAdams (1993) The stories we live by; personal myths and the making of the self.  The Guilford Press; New York and London.

 

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