into coherent stories with beginnings, middles, & endings and can recognize when the order
As accounts of human intentions unfold in stories for example(TAT; themes in stories show
intensions and motivations in individual), stories tell what the characters are striving for.
Characters is stories want and show themes of separation & mastery (agency) or themes of
union & solidarity (communion)
ADOLESENCE and Life stories: the setting is set (not geographical but ideological) By
adolescence we see individual srtrive to come to terms with own ideologies. Questions with
moral and what is good and true. They are trying to develop belief system for self of values
and beliefs. Ideology is an internally consitant and logical values and beliefs NOT a life
story. At this age they are pressed to find this. There are two: ideology of justice; belief
cconcerned with human rights and freedom (agentic) recognize agency. IDEOLOGIES OF
CARE: responsibility and obligation , other people and your duties to them, concer
communal facet of human nature. Ideological setting of there stories are set at this age.
They choose one of the two, but they are not opposite and can have both that integrate the
-this is the time were you also choose a character (AMAGO- a personalized version of
ourselves, an idealized version of ourselves.) The character is more romantasised. The
functionof the IMAGO is to integrate the social roles given to us and internalized in self.
(father, teacher, husband etc) this imago can fashion itself in agency and communion aswell:
HIGH AGENCY / LOW COMMUNION
— The Warrior / Ruler— The Traveler— The Sage
HIGH AGENCY / HIGH COMMUNION
— The Counselor— The Teacher— The Healer
LOW AGENCY / LOW COMMUNION
— The Wage-Earner— The Escapist— The Survivor
LOW AGENCY / HIGH COMMUNION
— The Loyal Friend— The Caregiver— The Lover
There are characters in society that we can chose from(above) with prosocial roles.
Some stories are better, STANDARDS OF GOOD LIFE STORY:
CREDIBILITY—Historical Fidelity, must be true and consistant with historical context
and you cannot make it up. Historical truth and narrative truth is not the same.
COHERENCE—Internal Consistency, is story sensible in chronology; begin middle end.
Characters have intelligent intentions, does it come together in a meaningful way
DIFFERENTIATION—Thematic Complexity, clear themes and more themes favoured.