Having Trouble Making Sense Out of Life?
The Big Story of Your Life!
“The same impulse that makes us want our books to have a plot makes us want our lives to have a plot,” wrote William Kilpatrick in his 1993 book, Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right from Wrong. “We need to feel that we are getting somewhere, making progress. There is something in us that is not satisfied with a merely psychological explanation of our lives. It doesn’t do justice to our conviction that we are on some kind of journey or quest, that there must be some deeper meaning to our lives than whether we feel good about ourselves. Only people who have lost the sense of adventure, mystery, and romance worry about their self-esteem. And at that point what they need is not a good therapist, but a good story. Or more precisely, the central question for us should not be, ‘What personality dynamics explain my behavior?’ but rather, ‘What sort of story am I in?’”
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