Is your life a page-turner? A yawner? A cliched story you’re tired of repeating? Every life is a story, says therapist Mandy Aftel, but the story of your life doesn’t have to read like a bad novel, filled with guilt, anger, and hopelessness that limit your understanding of the past and close off possibilities for the future. Even ordinary lives have the elements of great literature, and we can revise trite or destructive story lines to craft a new narrative of courage, fulfillment, and imagination. Using examples from literature and life and a range of imaginative thinking and writing exercises, Aftel guides us in the creation of an artful existence, full of the complexity, insight, and excitement of a great novel.
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