Establishing Identity: How to Become the Author of Your Own Story

For a human, what could be more important than self-actualization? Discovering our purpose and meeting our own potential can occupy a lot of real estate in our minds, but that doesn’t make it an easy thing to accomplish. According to psychologist Dan McAdams (2013), while it may not be as easy as a simple infographic would imply, there are really only a few steps to reaching our own potential.

First, we have to learn communication and social behavior. Next, we have to develop goals and a sense of purpose. Finally, we digest our life experiences into a narrative, develop a plot that leads to our idealized life, and take action to move the plot forward.

If you’re lucky enough to be on the path to self-actualization, all that’s left is to help others do the same!

Published by East Tennessee Mentorship Association

East TN Mentorship Association is a veteran owned small business in East TN that aims to provide solution focused, accessible (affordable) mental health support and mentorship to our community. Our program is NOT clinical in nature - that is, we do not diagnose or treat mental illnesses, but instead, we encourage self-growth regardless of an individual's framework while encouraging them to seek therapy as necessary outside of ETMA. We offer a safe place for ALL people to navigate their inner voices using a variety of practical and experiential tools gained through years of study and time spent in cultures around the world. Our motto is "Earn your sanctuary" - we believe each individual holds the key to solving their own cognitive dissonance, but we ALSO believe that it really helps to have an objective sounding board now and again. Reach out to learn more!

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