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Lecture 10

PSYB30H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Thought Suppression, Dodo (Alice'S Adventures In Wonderland), Big Five Personality Traits

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Marc A Fournier

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Week 11: Lecture 10: March 25, 2015
Life-Story Formation
- Infancy Narrative Tone
- Childhood Imagery & Theme
- Adolescence Setting & Character
Dimensions of Human Existence
- Focus on the self
- Formations of separations
- Striving for self-expansion and self-elevation
- Focus on others
- Formation of connections
- Striving for contact and congregation with others
- two fundamental themes in individuals and how we interact with other
The Tone of Infancy
Early infant-caregiver attachments serve to organize our experiences of trust vs. mistrust
- the earliest experiences we have will set the tone of our stories
- is at the pre-conscious level
- if inconsistent and disruptive leads to pessimistic stories
- even before we’re able to speak, a tone is set in our stories
Erik Erikson Hope: “The enduring belief in the attainability of fervert wishes”
- Optimistic stories (comedy & romance)
- Pessimistic stories (tragedy & irony)
Early Childhood Images
The nursery school child is busy acquiring a stockpile of rich, emotionally laden images
from family, school, the media, etc.
- these are the “building blocks” for our stories
Culturally grounded or sanctioned images provide raw material for later life-story
- work those images into our stories
-e.g. superman as a character is inspiring because of how unoriginal he is
- derive from a story where the heavenly father sends his son to save earth
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Later Childhood Themes
The elementary school child is able to organize human interactions into coherent stories
with beginnings, middles, & endings
As accounts of human intentions, stories tell what the characters are striving for
- Themes of separation & mastery (agency)
- Themes if union & solidarity (communion)
Adolescence & Ideological Settings
The teenager seeks an internally consistent and logical system of beliefs/values---i.e., an
- about our morals
The ideological setting answers the questions “What is true?” and “What is good?”
- Ideology of justice (agency)
- rights and freedom
- Ideology of care (communion)
- the duty we have to others
Adolescence & Story Characters
The Imago
- The main character in a person’s life story
- A personalized and idealized image of the self
Functions of the Imago
- Consolidate culturally scripted social roles, which become internalized and expanded to
broadly apply to a wide range of life activities
- broadens as you get older
- all these roles have to be prioritize and organized
- characters to choose once we decided the setting of our story
Agency, Communion, & the Imago
- a chart/table
- roles of high-low agency and communion
- fundamental difference amongst us is how good a story we craft
- how can we judge whether one story is better.worse
Standards of Good Life Story Form
CREDIBILITY Historical Fidelity
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