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 recent insights into the event of human getting older. during this comp;rehensive quantity, a world group of editors and members supply powerful methods to utilizing biography to augment our realizing of grownup improvement. as well as supplying new theoretical facets on getting older and biography, the ebook additionally information new advancements in regards to the sensible use of alternative biographical methods in either examine and scientific paintings. this can be a landmark quantity advancing using narrative methods in gerontology.
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We cannot know the story exhaustively, neither my version of me, nor your version of me, nor my version of you. And yet, communication and coherence are possible and can be enhanced. In this respect, the more aware we are of our stories, the more we can listen with compassion and be present to another and to ourselves. CONCLUSION The foregoing investigation of personal storytelling suggests that there is an open-endedness, flexibility, or to quote Riegel (1976), a workability to human aging. We can and do, to some extent, self-create.
This rendering of life review makes it a phenomenon of outer time-aging, on a par with the social clocks just discussed. This is because from this perspective age guarantees an awareness of finitude (Munnichs, 1966). And second, it is assumed that the prospect of death in later life makes you lose a sense of the future, a future perspective. The sense of the immediacy of death therefore initiates a life review process (Kastenbaum, 1983). Such a view of the past and of time implies that, as human beings, we are locked in by our earlier experiences and by a particular view of death; in a word, that we are determined entities.
Remembered Lives is an edited collection of Meyerhoffs writing and includes an empirical study of "ethnicity and aging," specifically, a group of elderly Jews at a retirement center in Venice. The collection also includes an essay entitled "Reflexive perspectives in Anthropology" and an insightful introduction to anthropological aging research by Marc Kaminsky. It is interesting to note that one of the first collections of ethnographic accounts on aging in different cultures was published out of the need for material for course work at Stanford University.