By James E. Birren PhD, Gary Kenyon PhD, Jan-Erik Ruth PhD, Johannes J.F. Schroots PhD, Torbjorn Svensson PhD
Own existence narratives can function a wealthy resource of recent insights into the adventure of human getting older. during this comp;rehensive quantity, a world group of editors and individuals offer potent methods to utilizing biography to reinforce our realizing of grownup improvement. as well as delivering new theoretical elements on getting older and biography, the ebook additionally information new advancements about the useful use of alternative biographical techniques in either study and medical paintings. it is a landmark quantity advancing using narrative methods in gerontology.
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Who will be 108 on Monday, may want life to go on" (p. 16). From this perspective, lifestories are a storehouse of experience and become very important because, in one sense, the past exists only as it is remembered and created and re-created in the interaction with present and future experiences and the meaning, interpretations, and metaphors ascribed to those experiences. According to Schroots and Birren (1988), "the psychological past and future are constructions, experienced as a series of presents (p.
This is not to suggest that ways of life based on separation and closure are not common; however, it is to suggest that they may not always be necessary, or at least that other forms are possible. The elements of contingency, risk, and opacity (Kenyon, 1991) are also basic to human nature, and negative and unexpected experiences create separation and despair, sometimes temporary and sometimes apparently permanent. However, human life also offers the possibility of hope, communion, compassion, openness, and change (see also McAdams, this volume).
Narratives and lifestories, therefore, impose on events a form that they themselves do not have. Stories are window-dressing or something incidental to our knowledge. Further personal storytelling represents such things as wishful thinking, a desire for coherence, or an escape from reality-or perhaps spinning one's wheels. From the existential-philosophical point of view outlined here, the reverse is the case. Narratives and stories are the way the world is for us; they represent human reality, reality as it is for a situated, embodied, and self-creating being.
Aging and Biography: Explorations in Adult Development by James E. Birren PhD, Gary Kenyon PhD, Jan-Erik Ruth PhD, Johannes J.F. Schroots PhD, Torbjorn Svensson PhD