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Unformulated Experience by Donnel B. Stern

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4 Creative Disorder and Unbidden Perceptions

Unformulated Experience as Possibility

The most intriguing thing about how we tell the stories of our lives, and one of the things that makes storytelling particularly fascinating as an account of living, especially to a psychoanalyst, is that we are virtually never aware of doing it. The process of telling one's own life story—at least as long as it is authentic and not merely "made up" or forced—is not volitional in any simple way, any more than is our construction of dreams, or, for that matter, our construction of the next moment's experience. Yet, also like our dreams, our deepest intentions inform and shape our stories. An authentic narrative of self is so thoroughly imbued with these intentions, ...

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