The Gift of Stories: Practical and Spiritual Applications of Autobiography, Life Stories, and Personal Mythmaking / Edition 1

The Gift of Stories: Practical and Spiritual Applications of Autobiography, Life Stories, and Personal Mythmaking / Edition 1

by Robert Atkinson
ISBN-10:
089789443X
ISBN-13:
9780897894432
Pub. Date:
05/30/1995
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

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Overview

The Gift of Stories: Practical and Spiritual Applications of Autobiography, Life Stories, and Personal Mythmaking / Edition 1

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780897894432
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/30/1995
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.36(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Power of Stories

Understanding the Transforming Functions of Stories

Recognizing the Enduring Elements of Sacred Stories

Seeing our own Stories as Sacred

The Gift of Stories

Giving Yourself your own Story-Writing Autobiographically

Universalizing your Story - Personal Mythmaking

Merging your Personal Myth with the Collective Myth

Giving Others their Story-Doing a Life Story Interview

Afterthoughts

Bibliography

Index

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