Worded Selves

Megan Hayes

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This chapter outlines a novel theory of the intersections between creative writing, identity, and positive psychology. When we commit elements of our self and experience onto paper, as we do in the creation of literary works, we are—to use an analogy—building ever-multiplying extensions onto the "house" of our individual identity. Thus, through writing, we are involved in a process, both figuratively and quite literally, of becoming more. The construction of these extensions, this chapter will propose, may, therefore, have profound implications for our psychological well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiterature and Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationWriting, Trauma and the Self
EditorsÖnder Çakırtaş
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN (Print)978-1-5275-2011-0
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


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