'LifeWorks' is about stories, and how we use them to make sense of our lives. Published by John Hunt (O-Books) in 2012.
Your life is a story. You are the author of your script, and the main protagonist. We tell stories to make sense of the world: the story of your life 'explains' who you are. Your script is based on your experiences, but it also affects how you see the world. The choices that you make depend largely upon your life script.
The characters in your script are played by the people around you. When we compare stories, these figures are often familiar: they seem to be drawn from a set of stock characters - the good mother, the trickster - whom we recognize by a few defining characteristics. Our reactions influence the way they treat us, so we feel justified in our perceptions.
Your 'personal mythology' contains characters which you project onto those around you, and stories which give a sense of meaning to your life. The characters are based on universal archetypal figures; the narratives are drawn from stories you have encountered and personal experience. Once you are aware of this process, you can start to modify it. You are the author of your own drama, and play the principal part: now you can direct your own life script.