ERIC Number: ED408980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Story Re-Visions: Tales for the Future.
Gray, Jacqueline W.
Over the years many different psychologists and psychoanalysts have found value in the concept of the self-narrative, or the "life story." Narrative thought demands an appreciation of the particulars of time and place and a focus on multidimensional understanding of events, people, emotion, and motivation. By using the life story or self-narrative, one can explore the past, examine its effect on the present, and determine how lessons learned can be related to planning for the future. Writing one's life story gives spaciotemporal structure to the separate events and expectations by sequencing and determining relevance. Individuals often identify a "life theme"--affective and motivational characteristics, values, beliefs, and interpretations of events that are repeatedly played out in the interactions in a person's life. As stories are retold (in psychotherapy sessions, for example), they undergo changes because people use earlier versions to review experiences and allow alterations in how they interpret events. By introducing these ideas to children as they learn about stories and storytelling, "re-visioning" experiences could deconstruct dysfunctional ideas before they become too ingrained in their behavioral road, making change of direction more difficult. Edutainment options from "Choose Your Own Adventure" books and video or computer games that drive home the consequences of decisions and give children opportunities to revise their story and improve their choices is one way to incorporate the art of story re-telling. (Contains 24 references.) (AEF/BEW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: VisionQuest: Journeys toward Visual Literacy. Selected Readings from the Annual Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association (28th, Cheyenne, Wyoming, October, 1996); see IR 018 353.