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week 10 lectures 17 and 18

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Psychology
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PSYB30H3
Professor
Marc A Fournier

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PSYB30- Week 10: The Life Story- Lecture 17
Life-story formation:
infancy- narrative tone
childhood- imagery and theme
adolescence- setting and character
Dimensions of human existence: two aspects of the human condition (Bakn)
Agency- focus on the self and formations of separations, striving for self-expansion
and self-elevation
Communion- focus on others and formations of connections, striving for contact and
congregation with others
The Tone of Infancy: Early infant-caregiver attachments serve to organize our
experiences of trust vs. mistrust
Erik Erikson's Hope: The enduring belief in the attainability of fervent 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.
Culturally grounded or sanctioned images provide raw material for later life-story
development
Later Childhood Themes: The elementary school child is able to organize human
intentions 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 of union & solidarity (communion)
Adolescents and Ideological Settings: The teenager seeks an internally consistent
and logical system of beliefs/valuesi.e., an ideology
The ideological setting answers the questions What is true? and What is good?
Ideology of justice (agency)
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Ideology of care (communion)
Adolescence and Story Characters:
The Imago- The main character in a persons 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
Standards of Good-Life Story Form:
CREDIBILITYHistorical Fidelity
COHERENCEInternal Consistency
DIFFERENTIATIONThematic Complexity
RECONCILIATIONResolution of Story Conflicts
OPENNESSFlexibility and Tolerance for Ambiguity
INTEGRATIONContribution to the Human Enterprise
Linking Level IPersonality Traits to Level IIILife Stories:
McAdams et al . (2004):
Narrative Tone, Theme, & Structure
Extraversion Positive Emotional Tone
Neuroticism Negative Emotional Tone
Conscientiousness Agentic Themes
Agreeableness Communal Themes
Openness Narrative Complexity
McAdams et al . (2004):
Students (Study 1) and adults (Study 2)
Completed the self-report Big Five Inventory
Then provided extended written accounts of several key life-story scenesi.e., high
points, low points, and turning points.
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PSYB30- Week 10: The Life Story- Lecture 17 Life-story formation: infancy- narrative tone childhood- imagery and theme adolescence- setting and character Dimensions of human existence: two aspects of the human condition (Bakn) Agency- focus on the self and formations of separations, striving for self-expansion and self-elevation Communion- focus on others and formations of connections, striving for contact and congregation with others The Tone of Infancy: Early infant-caregiver attachments serve to organize our experiences of trust vs. mistrust Erik Eriksons Hope: The enduring belief in the attainability of fervent 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. Culturally grounded or sanctioned images provide raw material for later life-story development Later Childhood Themes: The elementary school child is able to organize human intentions 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 of union & solidarity (communion) Adolescents and Ideological Settings: The teenager seeks an internally consistent and logical system of beliefsvaluesi.e., an ideology The ideological setting answers the questions What is true? and What is good? Ideology of justice (agency) www.notesolution.com
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