Psy/230 Personal Narrative

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Final Project Personal Narrative

PSY/230
September 23, 2012
Rehema Underwood

Final Project Personal Narrative
I would have to say looing back over the last five years my life has developed in to exactly what I have always wanted it to be. After going through a nasty divorce about eight years ago I went on a path of self destruction. I started drinking heavily and using drugs and a way to numb the pain I was going through. Finally after doing a few things that I’m really not proud of I had a wake up call. I got in to some legal trouble which opened my eyes to all the things I may have lost if I continued living my life that way. I then decided it was time to make some changes, I went back to school and obtained my G.E.D. and then enrolled at the University of Phoenix. I started volunteer work at our local sexual assault center and also met and married not only my best friend but the most supporting man a woman could ask for. During this course I believe that I found George Kelly's theory of personal constructs to be the most informative to my life. According to Kelly we, as lay scientists, seek to predict and even control our futures through the mechanism of personal constructs (McAdams, 2006). Personal constructs are basically the way in which we use comparison to categorize things in our lives (i.e. social interactions, expectations, objects, etc…). I found myself removing the negative influences in my life and taking the time out to mend the hurt that I had caused to the family members that always supported me and wanted what was best. I found I was easily influenced by certain people and need to distance myself to make the positive changed in my life. I knew what I had to do to make sure that I would secure a strong and stable life for my family. I also wanted to set a good example for my boys so they didn’t go done the same path that I did at one time. I have to say in my journey of life, my family has played the biggest role in my personality....
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