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Signature stories and personal metaphors

March 29, 2011

“Prado (1986) has suggested that as we grow older we find particular narratives or… signature stories to be very effective as we go about our lives.  However, this reliance on particular stories can lead to perspective narrowing and might result in what looks like rigidity or an inability to learn.  The problem here is that the past effectiveness of particular stories or personal metaphors can prevent us from searching for new images and plots, even when the circumstances of both the traveler and the voyage have changed (Kenyon, 1991).” [1]

[1] p26 Restorying our lives; personal growth through autobiographical reflection. Gary Kenyon and William Randall (Westpor, Connecticut and London, Praeger,1997) [ISBN 0275956636 p26

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