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 latest insights into the adventure of human getting older. during this comp;rehensive quantity, a global group of editors and members supply potent techniques to utilizing biography to augment our knowing of grownup improvement. as well as delivering new theoretical facets on getting older and biography, the ebook additionally info new advancements about the useful use of alternative biographical methods in either learn and scientific paintings. this can be a landmark quantity advancing using narrative techniques in gerontology.
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Moreover, it is not a question of requiring that we all undergo some established form of therapy. What is required for most people is a rather unstructured but supportive environment where no particular therapeutic plot is projected upon us (Birren & Birren, this volume; Randall, 1995; Schafer, 1983). We need more approaches that encourage one to find one's own directionality (Maddi, 1988). The activity of personal storytelling can result in a basic acceptance of one's life. This acceptance may or may not reflect what Erikson (1963) for example, The Meaning/Value of Personal Storytelling 35 refers to as ego integrity-if this is to be understood as a cognitively loaded notion of wisdom-or a truly coherent life narrative.
That is, there is a broad range of possible human interrelatedness; from trust, love and acceptance, to betrayal, hate and rejection, as well as disillusionment, resentment, and indifference. The argument here is that we are primarily connected to each other, part of a larger reality, and then there are different qualities of that relationship. As Ricoeur (1992) notes, "Otherness is not added on to selfhood from the outside as though to prevent its solypsistic drift, it belongs instead to the tenor of meaning and to the ontological constitution of selfhood" (p.
Possibility can bring wonder, openness, feelings of well-being, happiness, gratitude towards life, and a view of life as an ongoing journey, and hope. The foregoing discussion points to a need for more research and reflection on 34 Kenyon the nature and dynamics of inner aging, being-for-itself, or the inside story, and how it relates to outer aging and the public story. Ontologically, it is possible to be capable of authentic (Carr, 1986; Heidegger, 1962; Kenyon, 1991; Sartre, 1956) behavior to some degree or another with respect to one's aging, as in other spheres of human life.
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