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week 10 lectures 17 and 18

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Marc A Fournier

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)
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