The Gift Of Stories

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The stories we tell about ourselves are guided by cultural patterns and enduring elements. The current interest in mythology has made evident how the classic hero's journey represents a theme not only common to all the world's myths, but also our own lives today. The Gift of Stories offers a clear concise basis for understanding the nature and potential of sharing our stories. It provides specific, practical, instructional details for telling our own stories and gives the necessary guidelines for assisting others...

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Overview

The stories we tell about ourselves are guided by cultural patterns and enduring elements. The current interest in mythology has made evident how the classic hero's journey represents a theme not only common to all the world's myths, but also our own lives today. The Gift of Stories offers a clear concise basis for understanding the nature and potential of sharing our stories. It provides specific, practical, instructional details for telling our own stories and gives the necessary guidelines for assisting others in telling their life stories. Its basic framework enables individuals with little experience to begin writing about the really important aspects of their lives and understanding how and why the universal elements of the stories we tell contribute to our continuing growth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897894302
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/23/1995
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT ATKINSON is Associate Professor of Human Development in the College of Education and Director of the Center for the Study of Lives at the University of Southern Maine.

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Table of Contents

Exhibits
Acknowledgments
Introduction
I The Power of Stories 1
1 Understanding the Transforming Functions of Stories 3
2 Recognizing the Enduring Elements of Sacred Stories 19
3 Seeing Our Own Stories as Sacred 29
II The Gift of Stories 49
4 Giving Yourself Your Own Story; Writing Autobiographically 51
5 Universalizing Your Story: Personal Mythmaking 83
6 Merging Your Personal Myth With the Collective Myth 107
7 Giving Others Their Story: Doing a Life Story Interview 115
Afterthoughts 135
References 139
Index 147
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