By James E. Birren PhD, Gary Kenyon PhD, Jan-Erik Ruth PhD, Johannes J.F. Schroots PhD, Torbjorn Svensson PhD
Own lifestyles narratives can function a wealthy resource of recent insights into the adventure of human getting older. during this comp;rehensive quantity, a world crew of editors and participants offer potent ways to utilizing biography to augment our knowing of grownup improvement. as well as delivering new theoretical facets on getting older and biography, the booklet additionally info new advancements in regards to the useful use of alternative biographical methods in either examine and medical paintings. it is a landmark quantity advancing using narrative methods in gerontology.
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Therefore, neither an autobiography nor a biography is ever complete (Carr, 1986). One could say that death brings an end to a life but not to a lifestory, which continues on in other persons or in a culture. It is not possible to arrive at the final truth about a life (Ruth & Kenyon, this volume). Nevertheless, we know ourselves and others and we establish our identity by learning about lifestories. As part of the quality of opacity (and contingency) built in to our story, human beings do not always know the origin of events or what they can and should hold themselves responsible for.
Consequently, it is not necesssarily natural to be reactive, nor is it necessarily the case that human beings are caught in a vicious circle of bad faith (Sartre, 1956) with respect to their aging. That is, it is not the case that people are deceiving themselves and others as to their ability to create new storyotypes (Randall, this volume) vis a vis their own aging, in various situations, and therefore denying or avoiding the reality of the situation. As discussed earlier, the question regarding authenticity becomes one of reality for whom.
Perhaps this distinction is more a matter of degree than of kind; nevertheless, it is a vital issue in considering both what we can expect with respect to our own lifestory, and also in the context of listening to other people's stories in the context of research and intervention in gerontology. (Ruth & Kenyon, this volume). In agreement with authors such as Carr (1986), "coherence seems to be a need imposed on us whether we seek it or not, things need to make sense. We feel the lack of sense when it goes missing, (p.
Aging and Biography: Explorations in Adult Development by James E. Birren PhD, Gary Kenyon PhD, Jan-Erik Ruth PhD, Johannes J.F. Schroots PhD, Torbjorn Svensson PhD