Psychologists by profession are involved in formulating a systematic theory for making sense of lives, sometimes establishing life themes in self‑reports (see Csikszentmihalyi arid Beattie, 1979), but the process by which ordinary people construct meaningful life structures has been little studied.


in approaching this everyday process of life construction, it is legitimate and useful to apply critical frameworks which have originally been devised for works of fiction.

the conventions used to make sense of one’s own life or another’s are similar to those employed by a literary author in the creation of a meaningful narrative involving the life of a fictional character.

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