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Lecture 17

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Psychology
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PSYB30H3
Professor
Marc A Fournier

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PSYB30PersonalityMon, March 21/2011
Lecture 17
Overview of Week 10 Life-Story
The Role of Narrative
Tells us how Life of Pi is his favourite book of all time
He talks about how it does a good job illustrating the difference between narrative truth
and
historical truth and the tension that exists between them
The story illustrates the profound role of story telling in human affairs
As people we are historians and history simultaneously
We're story-tellers and story at the same time
The book illustrates the important role that narrative has to play in weaving a coherent,
meaningful, purposeful life and the role the narrative has in psychological functioning
So for the first part of this class we talked about:
An individual's Traits (what you learn about a person when you first meet them,
psychology
of the stranger)
Then went onto their Motivations (you now know the person and you're learning what
drives
them)
And now we move onto the third level of understanding a person their Life Story. We
have
an understanding of the narrative by which the person (or yourself) lives their lives \
PART I: Life-Story Formation
How it is that we acquire a narrative tone, themes, characters, settings that make up a
life-story
PART II: Life-Story Integration
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How the features of one's Life-Story are related to their traits and their motivations
PART III: Life-Story Revision
Psycho-therapy as life-story revision
PART I:
Life-Story Formation
Infancy Narrative Tone
Childhood Imagery & Theme
Adolescence Setting & Character
Dimensions of Human Existence
Of all the varieties that make up human experience we can distill two fundamental themes
in everything
that is essentially human
Agency
- The side of the human condition that reflects the self's efforts to expand and grow, and
become
increasingly differentiated from others
Focus on the self
Formation of separations
Striving for self-expansion and self-elevation
Communion
The strivings that connect the self to others
Focus on others
Formation of connections
Striving for contact and congregation with others
These are best thought of not as concepts, but meta-concepts
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They cut across many different theoretical traditions , they're not limited to one theoretical
framework. Themes of Agency and Communion run through many, if not, all theories of
personality
The Tone of Infancy
In the earliest years of life, the tone of one's life-story is believed to be set
Early infant-caregiver attachments serve to organize our experiences of trust vs. Mistrust
McAdams has speculated that in the earliest years of life, we ask can I look to others to
address the needs and concerns that I have?
Will there be reliable others to turn to in times of need? Or, Is the world an uncertain place
where those significant figures in my immediate surrounding cannot be relied upon for care
and protection
As we have learned, if we find a good balance between trust and mistrust, it should
produce
a strength within us which Erikson called: Hope
Erik Erikson Hope: The enduring belief in the attainability of fervent wishes
At this stage, the infant isn't even capable of language and yet prior to the acquisition of
the words to describe the condition, there's an attitude/orientation towards the world
that's being developed
This early orientation towards the world sets the Tone to the Life-Story you will ultimate
write
The tone will either be Optimistic or Pessimistic
Optimistic stories (comedy & romance)
Comedies and romance have a common element: happy endings
Things work out in the end
Pessimistic stories (tragedy & irony)
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PSYB30PersonalityMon March 212011Lecture 17Overview of Week 10LifeStoryThe Role of NarrativeTells us how Life of Pi is his favourite book of all timeHe talks about how it does a good job illustrating the difference between narrative truth and historical truth and the tension that exists between themThe story illustrates the profound role of story telling in human affairsAs people we are historians and history simultaneouslyWere storytellers and story at the same timeThe book illustrates the important role that narrative has to play in weaving a coherent meaningful purposeful life and the role the narrative has in psychological functioning So for the first part of this class we talked aboutAn individuals Traits what you learn about a person when you first meet them psychology of the stranger Then went onto their Motivations you now know the person and youre learning what drives them And now we move onto the third level of understanding a persontheir Life Story We have an understanding of the narrative by which the person or yourself lives their lives PART I LifeStory FormationHow it is that we acquire a narrative tone themes characters settings that make up a lifestoryPART II LifeStory IntegrationwwwnotesolutioncomHow the features of ones LifeStory are related to their traits and their motivationsPART III LifeStory RevisionPsychotherapy as lifestory revisionPART ILifeStory FormationInfancyNarrative ToneChildhoodImageryThemeAdolescenceSettingCharacterDimensions of Human ExistenceOf all the varieties that make up human experience we can distill two fundamental themes in everything that is essentially humanAgencyThe side of the human condition that reflects the selfs efforts to expand and grow and become increasingly differentiated from othersFocus on the selfFormation of separationsStriving for selfexpansion and selfelevationCommunionThe strivings that connect the self to othersFocus on othersFormation of connectionsStriving for contact and congregation with othersThese are best thought of not as concepts but metaconceptswwwnotesolutioncom
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