Constructing Stories of Self-Growth: How Individual Differences in Patterns of Autobiographical Reasoning Relate to Well-Being in Midlife

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Journal of Personality, Vol: 79, Issue: 2, Page: 391-428

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Lilgendahl, Jennifer Pals; McAdams, Dan P.
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This study involved an in-depth quantitative analysis of midlife adults' life stories, using 'causal connections' -- i.e., interpretations of how past events shape the growth of the self -- as the core unit of narrative analysis. We found that interpretations of self-growth predict well-being even after controlling for traits and demographic factors and that growth from negative events is more predictive of well-being than growth from positive events. --author-supplied description