Creating a life story: the task of reconciliation (Review)

Coleman, P.G. (1999) Creating a life story: the task of reconciliation (Review). The Gerontologist, 39, (2), 133-139.


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The study of reminiscence needs to focus more on the characteristics of a good life story, the processes involved in creating one, and the obstacles to its creation. Coherence, assimilation, structure, and truth are important dimensions of a life story. They involve owning important life themes, working through traumatic events, solving unsatisfactory beginnings and disappointing endings, and finding genuine and lasting commitments. Reminiscence should seek reconciliation, not just remembering for its own sake.

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Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Human Wellbeing
ePrint ID: 18528
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Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2005
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:34

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