Stanley Krippner, Ph.D.
Personal Myths are those beliefs and worldviews that
consciously or unconsciously influence our decisions and
give meaning to our lives. Some of these myths are helpful
and some are harmful. This introductory lecture will
describe the four factors that influence personal myths:
biology, culture, interpersonal experiences, and transpersonal experiences. Suggestions will be given for identifying,evaluating, and transforming dysfunctional myths,beliefs, and worldviews. As the Greek philosopher Epictetus wrote, many centuries ago, "It is not what happens
to us that is important, it is how we react to what happens
to us that is important."
Stanley Krippner, Ph.D. is professor of psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco.
He was the 2002 recipient of the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology. His books
include Personal Mythology, Dreamscaping, and Haunted by Combat: Understandint PTSD in War Veterans. He is co-editor of Varieties of Anomalous Experience: Examining the Scientific Evidence and Perchance to Dream.
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