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The Transformative Self: Personal Growth, Narrative Identity, and the Good Life

Jack Bauer


Everyone wants a good life. Some try to create a good life by cultivating personal growth. They have a transformative self. This book explains how people form a transformative self, primarily in their evolving life stories, to help cultivate growth toward a life of happiness, love, and wisdom for the self and others. It introduces an innovative framework of values and personhood to strengthen and integrate three main areas of study: narrative identity, the good life, and personal growth. The result is a unique model of humane growth and human flourishing. Each chapter builds on that framework ... More

Keywords: personal growth, life stories, narrative identity development, the good life, meaning, happiness, love, wisdom, values, personhood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780199970742
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199970742.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jack Bauer, author
Professor of Psychology, University of Dayton