Aging and Biography: Explorations in Adult Development by James E. Birren PhD, Gary Kenyon PhD, Jan-Erik Ruth PhD,

By James E. Birren PhD, Gary Kenyon PhD, Jan-Erik Ruth PhD, Johannes J.F. Schroots PhD, Torbjorn Svensson PhD

Own existence narratives can function a wealthy resource of latest insights into the event of human getting older. during this comp;rehensive quantity, a global group of editors and participants supply powerful ways to utilizing biography to augment our figuring out of grownup improvement. as well as supplying new theoretical facets on getting older and biography, the publication additionally info new advancements in regards to the useful use of other biographical techniques in either examine and scientific paintings. it is a landmark quantity advancing using narrative ways in gerontology.

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Therefore, it seems fruitful to explore what can be learned about human development through narratives, and to develop methodological approaches that lend increased credibility and effectiveness to this scientific and humanistic endeavor. 0 The Meaning/Value of Personal Storytelling Gary M. D. Each individual's experience of life is always potentially fresh, growing—up and old—resembles a continuous journey down a river flowing inexorably toward the sea. (Cole, 1992) Our private inward experience does not tell us the number of our years; no fresh perception comes into being to show us the decline of age.

The fifth ethical issue for interventionists in this area to consider is the need to reflect carefully on their own conceptions and attitudes, their "meanings" of aging. This is particularly important in a situation where a younger interventionist is engaged with older persons. The issue of transference and countertransference is another central one. Biographical material gives a younger person access to information about aging and history; however, this is a history that has been lived by the older person (Prado, 1986).

The crucial issue, from the point of view of personal storytelling, is the analysis of the creative ways that people interact with this outer clock. It must be dealt with and is part of human experience, part of my being-for-the-other, but only a part of it. It is the inner experience of The Meaning/Value of Personal Storytelling 31 time, which is highly personal, that tells us more about the nature of time, and the nature of aging (Ruth & Oberg, this volume). From this point of view, we are both participants in and surveyors of the temporal flow; both characters in and tellers of the stories constituted by it (Carr, 1986).

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