Creating a life story: the task of reconciliation (Review)
The Gerontologist, 39, (2), .
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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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