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Lifeworks: Using Myth and Archetype to Develop Your Life Story

4.44 of 5 stars 4.44  ·  rating details  ·  9 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Why did your life turn out this way? Who are the most important people in your world? What would you do differently, if you had the chance? Ever since you were a child, you have been writing your life script. You use fragments of story to weave your own personal narrative. The parts in your script are acted by people around you. Some of the oldest stories in the world are ...more
Unknown Binding, 247 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by John Hunt Publishing
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Wendy Bertsch
Jane Bain has written a fascinating book outlining the way myths, legends and folk tales affect us. Ingrained in the human psyche, twelve archetypes resonate in our everyday lives, peopling the myths we respond to and colouring how we relate to others and how we have built our own life stories. The archetypes are presented in a broad range of international myths, each of which captures deftly the charming cadence of its source.

She goes on to guide us through the process of developing our own scr
Sara Geller
I picked this one up out of idle curiosity. Everyone probably has a vague knowledge and understanding of the archetypes and I expected to just flick through it but after a few pages I couldn’t put it down. What a great book! I had no idea before reading this just how big a part the archetypes play in our day to day lives and how important it is to explore and work with your life story in order to develop your own creative potential. As a writer this book has really helped me to create real, thre ...more
I’m really glad I read this. I was hooked from the very beginning. It is a really practical book that helps you to see how the stories you construct about yourself, people around you and life in general can either help you in achieving your goals or hold you back. There are lots of practical exercises that let you work through the process step by step and once you know what to do it is really easy and very enjoyable. I was completely stuck when I picked this book up and I couldn’t seem to move f ...more
Jane Bain
Jul 15, 2014 Jane Bain rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
‘LifeWorks’ is a practical handbook which combines insights from psychology and anthropology. It looks at how you compose your 'life script' - the story which you tell about your own life. This script influences how you behave and how you present yourself to other people. The same characters appear in stories from around the world: the hero, the good mother, the wise mentor, the wicked witch. They are based on universal figures called archetypes. 'LifeWorks' introduces twelve figures with exampl ...more
The book is borderline genius, and so happy I decided to take a leap of faith buying it.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and always looked forward to the next time I could pick it up again. Most books of this genre can be poorly wrote, meander and be a bit annoying to read, Not this one. The authors style strikes me as an experienced writer as the flow and articulation is just right even though it's her first book. the author has clearly spent time carefully writing, the passion is evident. The
John Kent
A wonderfully refreshing anaylsis of the archetypes that exist within us all. The author invites the reader to explore his or her own inner landscape and experience just how these archetypal characters inform and influence our lives - and discover the gift each one of them brings us. A great guide for those interested in understanding our deeper psychological and spiritual nature.
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Jane Bailey Bain is an author, speaker and executive coach. She was born in the USA and grew up in Geneva. She studied Psychology at Oxford University and Anthropology at the London School of Economics. Jane trained as a business consultant with IBM. For several years, she worked as an adviser on development projects in Africa and Asia. During this time she became interested in stories and how peo ...more
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