Identities for Life and Death: Forever Daily Message Calendar

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AuthorHouse, 2011 - Psychology - 400 pages
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Identity is seen here as developed from narratives we assimilate as script for the roles we play in real life, thus shaping our destiny - for better or worse, for good or evil. Do we choose to passively, obliviously, allow our "selves" to be formed by whatever story lines "get through" to our consciousness? Or do we take an active role in deciding which story lines influence the "con"struction or "de"struction of the person we become or fail to become? Do we choose to exercise our free will to screen out narratives most likely to have a toxic, dehumanizing, disabling impact on us in favor of story lines most likely to have a creative, humanizing, strengthening impact on our ability to fulfill the best of our human potential? Which of our inner wolves shall we feed? The good, moral one who" helps" us become and do all the best we can be and do? Or shall we feed the evil inner wolf who not only undermines but destroys our creative potential? The waste of human potential due to playing out of toxically narratized, dehumanized roles, seems to be cumulative; once a downward spiral is initiated, it takes on the momentum of a self-perpetuating process. But once initiated, the growth and actualization of potential due to playing out a creatively inspired, humanizing self-script, "also" seems to be cumulative and self-perpetuating. Given the unprecedented challenges confronting humans in this 21st century, these daily messages are designed to encourage assimilation of life-oriented, creative identity-defining narrative themes as protection against death-oriented, toxic ones. Ideally, such efforts will become conjoined with an international grass roots movement to revise toxically divisive individual and group identities, by promoting a sense of humans' interconnectedness to each other as part of a Global Life System. rjp

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San Jose State University Professor Emeritus of Psychology Bob Pellegrini worked as SJSU Associate Dean For Research, Director of Sponsored Programs, and Psychology Department Chair. He received his B. A. degree from Clark University Phi Beta Kappa and with High Honors in Psychology. Supported by National Institute for Mental Health fellowships, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Denver, serving predoctoral internships at Children's Asthmatic Research Institute and National Jewish Hospitals in Denver and the University of Colorado School of Medicine, with National Science Foundation-sponsored post-doctoral study at Stanford University. Having taught thousands of students from 1967 to 2009, he has won local, regional, and national awards as an outstanding teacher from SJSU, Western Psychological Association, and Psi Chi (national honor society for psychology majors), and been honored by inclusion among an elite group of invited contributors to the Lewis M. Terman Master Lecture Series. A Past-President of the Western Psychological Association, America's largest regional association of psychologists, he has given dozens of talks and invited addresses at meetings of local, regional and national professional associations and published over 100 professional journal articles, twelve manuals and study guides, seven chapters in edited books, and two books. Based on Pellegrini's work with California prison inmates his book, Psychology For Correctional Education: Facilitating Human Development In Prison And Court School Settings (Payne Thomas Publishers), stands as a classical reference in the field it defines. His book, Between Fathers And Sons: Critical Incidents In The Development Of Men''s Lives (Haworth Press), has been acclaimed nationally in reviews by eminent scholars. A unifying theme throughout Professor Pellegrini's scholarly work is a humanistic search to understand social psychological processes that inhibit or promote actualization of human potential in all sorts of contexts.

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