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Finding Happiness by Virginia Murphy-Berman

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CHAPTER 11

The Dream of a BlankPage: The Cultivation of Playwriting

Your emotional life is not written in cement during childhood. You write each chapter as you go along.

—Harry Stack Sullivan

Abstract

In this chapter the process of creative “playwriting” is discussed. This is a technique in which we are asked to imagine several versions of the next chapter of our own life story. Each of these chapter versions should ­contain a different possible future self. We then assume the role of observer of each of these possible future selves, and similar to a writer of a play or a novel, we consider which one(s) seems most appealing and best suited to us. Playing with this role of outside observer of our own life can help to take us out of ourselves ...

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