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Lecture 17

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Marc A Fournier

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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