The Story of Your Life: Becoming the Author of Your Experience

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 20, 1997 - Self-Help - 256 pages
Is your life a page-turner? A yawner? A cliched story you're tired of repeating? Every life is a story, says therapist Mandy Aftel, but the story of your life doesn't have to read like a bad novel, filled with guilt, anger, and hopelessness that limit your understanding of the past and close off possibilities for the future. Even ordinary lives have the elements of great literature, and we can revise trite or destructive story lines to craft a new narrative of courage, fulfillment, and imagination. Using examples from literature and life and a range of imaginative thinking and writing exercises, Aftel guides us in the creation of an artful existence, full of the complexity, insight, and excitement of a great novel.
 

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Contents

Introduction
15
The Narrator
34
Reading Yourself and Others
119
How Plots Change
172
Telling and Retelling the Story of Your Life
205
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About the author (1997)

Mandy Aftel, founder of Aftelier, creates one-of-a-kind perfumes for individuals & private labels. She is also a counselor who specializes in working with artists & writers. She is the author of three previous books. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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