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Building An Index of Personal Stories: A Simple Guide to Mining Your Stories

Building An Index of Personal Stories: A Simple Guide to Mining Your Stories

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Published by Terrence Gargiulo
This eBook guides you through a series of personal reflections. Use these reflections to understand how your past experiences shape your current perceptions, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. You may feel that your interactions at work are separate from your personal history but that's not true. How you see the world is colored by experiences buried deep in your mind.

Going through these reflections will help you elicit memories. Your task is to thoughtfully review them, analyze them, gain new insights, and index them for future use. Doing so will greatly improve your relationships at work. You will find that you are less likely to react passively to people and situations. Whatever is happening to you at any given moment at work or elsewhere will be processed by another layer of awareness. This layer of awareness is the "story mind." The "story mind" considers possibilities and seeks to continually attach new shades of meaning and interpretation to the events it observes and reflects on.

Look beyond the face value of your stories. It's true that some of them will not be very significant. Perhaps they are brief memories. However, many of them will be, and if you examine them carefully, you will likely discover unexpected things. Our personal stories are loaded with layers of potential meaning. If we reflect on our stories, we will discover new lessons and develop new theories about the world and ourselves. Our personal stories help us feel more integrated. Instead of repeating undesirable patterns of thought and behavior, we will be more capable of adopting new ones. Furthermore, we will be able to recognize similar patterns and stories in others. Sharing our stories either through words or actions can help others tackle their own stories to gain new insights.
This eBook guides you through a series of personal reflections. Use these reflections to understand how your past experiences shape your current perceptions, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. You may feel that your interactions at work are separate from your personal history but that's not true. How you see the world is colored by experiences buried deep in your mind.

Going through these reflections will help you elicit memories. Your task is to thoughtfully review them, analyze them, gain new insights, and index them for future use. Doing so will greatly improve your relationships at work. You will find that you are less likely to react passively to people and situations. Whatever is happening to you at any given moment at work or elsewhere will be processed by another layer of awareness. This layer of awareness is the "story mind." The "story mind" considers possibilities and seeks to continually attach new shades of meaning and interpretation to the events it observes and reflects on.

Look beyond the face value of your stories. It's true that some of them will not be very significant. Perhaps they are brief memories. However, many of them will be, and if you examine them carefully, you will likely discover unexpected things. Our personal stories are loaded with layers of potential meaning. If we reflect on our stories, we will discover new lessons and develop new theories about the world and ourselves. Our personal stories help us feel more integrated. Instead of repeating undesirable patterns of thought and behavior, we will be more capable of adopting new ones. Furthermore, we will be able to recognize similar patterns and stories in others. Sharing our stories either through words or actions can help others tackle their own stories to gain new insights.

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Published by: Terrence Gargiulo on Jun 08, 2011
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