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The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By

Dan P. McAdams


Drawing from the author's psychological research on especially generative (that is, caring and productive) midlife American adults and on a reading of American cultural history and literature, this book identifies a prototypical story of the good life that many Americans employ to make sense of who they are, who they have been, and who they will be in the future. The central theme in this story is redemption — the deliverance from suffering to a positive status or outcome. Empirical research suggests that highly generative American adults are much more likely than their less generative counter ... More

Keywords: American identity, life stories, redemption, generativity, personality, narrative psychology, self and culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195176933
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176933.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dan P. McAdams, author
Northwestern University