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