Change of Perspective

Musings on Writing, Reading, and Life Narratives

Fiction writers and literary critics speak of point of view. Social scientists are more likely to discuss perspective. But both of these terms refer to essentially the same construct: the consciousness behind the perception and narration of experience. Each individual’s point of view is unique, and point of view shapes the stories people tell to themselves and to others about themselves and their relationships with their environment. The same event narrated from two different perspectives will produce two different stories.

A change of perspective can expand our perception and reframe our thinking about our experiences. We can all benefit from an occasional change of perspective.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

"Your Next Chapter" Short Essay Contest

Borders: AARP

Borders and AARP are teaming up to offer a trip for two to Washington, D.C., and other prizes, for the best essays about what you're planning to do with the next chapter of your life.

If you're 50 or older, explain your plans for the next part of your life in 350 words or fewer. See this Web page for instructions on how to mail in or upload your submission.

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