Adjusting personal myths

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“The personal myths you hold are continually being challenged as you are exposed to new information and experiences. When your experiences are incompatible with the mythology you have been living out, you will at some level feel tension. The inconsistency becomes a disturbing element in your psyche, and stress is created. Two basic outcomes are possible. Your mythology may itself be modified to incorporate the new information, or the new information may become distorted so it c an be force-fit into the existing mythic structure. . . .While personal myths are capable of ongoing adjustments to new circumstances, you can also unconsciously ignore or distort disagreeable experiences in order to retain the familiar myth. Some people have hardly adjusted their mythologies for decades.”

–Feinsten & Krippner, Personal Mythologies

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