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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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The Self Beyond the Story

The Self Beyond the Story

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The Transformative Self

Jack Bauer

Oxford University Press

This brief chapter, more of a coda, questions the capacity of narrative to fulfill the aims of self-identity and the transformative self. The person who has a transformative self uses their life story to cultivate growth and a good life. But in several ways, a growth story urges the individual to transcend their own story and habitual self-identity. The transformative self’s valuing of experiential growth propels the person toward the experience of being alive and toward experiencing meaningful activities and relationships for themself rather than for the identities that they suggest. The transformative self’s valuing of reflective growth beckons the person ever beyond scriptedness and toward transcendent insights that words ultimately cannot capture. Thus, the transformative self leads the person toward eudaimonic growth both with words and beyond them.

Keywords:   language, narrative, transcendence, scriptedness, mystical experience, insight, self development, self-authorship, wisdom, self-actualizing

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