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The Transformative SelfPersonal Growth, Narrative Identity, and the Good Life$
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Jack Bauer

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780199970742

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199970742.001.0001

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Stages of Transformative Self-Authorship

Stages of Transformative Self-Authorship

(p.401) 14 Stages of Transformative Self-Authorship
The Transformative Self

Jack Bauer

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the development of narrative structure. The chapter first summarizes basic principles of structural–developmental theories of self. The stages mark increasing degrees of structural complexity and coherence (i.e., value perspectivity) in one’s narrative identity. At each successive stage, the individual is better able to differentiate and integrate perspectives on the self and others. Coupled with themes of eudaimonic growth, these stages also mark the development of wisdom. The stages of self-authorship are pre-authorship, impulsive, egoist, groupish, independent, constructivist, organismic, dynamic, integrative, and post-integrative. Unlike previous stage models, this model emphasizes stages of transformative self-authorship—that is, how the idea of growth is interpreted at each stage with greater complexity and coherence. The chapter also explains how the person of each stage interprets the thinking of previous stages and more advanced stages.

Keywords:   structural development, narrative structure, self development, stages, self-authorship, value perspectivity, maturity, wisdom, growth, self-actualizing

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