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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Monday, December 8, 2008

Olympic swimmer treated for cancer makes a splash with return

Olympic swimmer treated for cancer makes a splash with return -

Michael Phelps was the swimming star at last summer's Olympics, but a more low-key competitor was American breaststroker Eric Shanteau, who postponed treatment for testicular cancer in order to compete in Beijing.

After successful surgery in August, Shanteau recently returned to competition at the U.S. Short Course Nationals, where he swam personal best times in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke.

"This experience gave me a very different and new perspective on life -- it's a good one," he said.



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