LifeWorks: Developing Your Personal Mythology by Jane Bailey Bain

'LifeWorks' is about stories, and how we use them to make sense of our lives. Published by John Hunt (O-Books) in 2012.

Your life is a story. You are the author of your script, and the main protagonist. We tell stories to make sense of the world: the story of your life 'explains' who you are. Your script is based on your experiences, but it also affects how you see the world. The choices that you make depend largely upon your life script.
The characters in your script are played by the people around you. When we compare stories, these figures are often familiar: they seem to be drawn from a set of stock characters - the good mother, the trickster - whom we recognize by a few defining characteristics. Our reactions influence the way they treat us, so we feel justified in our perceptions.
Your 'personal mythology' contains characters which you project onto those around you, and stories which give a sense of meaning to your life. The characters are based on universal archetypal figures; the narratives are drawn from stories you have encountered and personal experience. Once you are aware of this process, you can start to modify it. You are the author of your own drama, and play the principal part: now you can direct your own life script.

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  • First submitted Feb. 25, 2010
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  • Elijah Enyereibe Iwuji's avatar
    Elijah Enyereibe Iwuji wrote 5 years ago

    Hello Jane,

    I read through the intro and part 1. Your work has an authentic voice which differ it from the rest of the works here. A menu garnished with motivational wisdom words. I like "Your life is a story. You are the author of your life script, and the main protagonist." What esoteric thought burn out here. I love works and tales which go beyond optical comprehension. Wish you well with it.

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    Miss Wells [Retired] wrote 5 years ago

    I've read all Joe Campbell's books and I love what I've read of this. Will come back frequently and poke through.

  • eurodan49's avatar
    eurodan49 wrote 5 years ago

    Well written narrative. Actually, I’m gonna force my 16 y.o. to read it. Hopefully he’ll learn something.
    You’ve got my vote.

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    name falied moderation wrote 5 years ago
    Dear Jane this book cover grabs and cannot be passed by. I started to read this book some time ago and have just finished. congrats on a well crafted book. Love this genre, just looking through windows into the lives of others. This book gives me so much, showing such growth that it encourages one also. I still have not read it all, and would love you to put more up. please. I will carry on reading and comment further ...
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  • ChrisPaternoster's avatar
    ChrisPaternoster wrote 5 years, 4 months ago

    Wow, when this gets published I see it going very very far! Good luck with everything! Loved it all :)

  • PATRICK BARRETT's avatar
    PATRICK BARRETT wrote 5 years, 4 months ago

    A famous military axiom is "The best of plans always fail the first contact with the enemy." I cant help thinking that this book has only had contact with an ideal world. War, pestilence and famine make a mockery of life and its choices, let alone self aims. Patrick Barrett (Cuthbert-how mean is my valley)

  • Paddy Tyrrell's avatar
    Paddy Tyrrell wrote 5 years, 4 months ago

    I first learnt about scripts when receiving and providing training in Transactional Analysis some thirty plus years ago. Always found it interesting and this is a fascinating book, just from the chapters already posted. Not only good in terms of personal psychology but also for writing novels! Backed with pleasure. Paddy

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    nuttylady wrote 5 years, 4 months ago
    Life Script: Developing Your Own Personal Mythology, by Jane Bain I think this is a very timely book. As the trend towards the re-evaluation of traditional techniques (ie. "make-do- and-mend" mentality) gains universal appeal, Jane shows us that traditional stories retain contemporary relevance as well. Whether traditional stories or traditional techniques, people instinctively respond. Myths act as multi-layered, collective narratives and experiences, and exposes dualities that exist within us all. Our human stories - the memories -are always the starting ...
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  • Greg Ryan's avatar
    Greg Ryan wrote 5 years, 4 months ago

    i like your style . now if i could pin down my own archetype...damn thing keeps jumping around . ah well....Greg Ryan

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    Susan McKinney de Ortega wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    Loki has always been af favorite of mine and I love Ch. 6, told in his voice. I also like how you relate tales of the Trickster to the writer. How can one use the virtues and weaknesses of the trickster in your own character development? I wish you very much luck with this. It is clearly written and understood and could be very helpful to students and writers.
    Flirting in Spanish

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    gerry01 wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    This is an interesting read and extremely thought provoking. Good luck with it. Gerry

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    Andy M. Potter [Retired] wrote 5 years, 5 months ago
    Hi Jane, i can't offer an in-depth critique of your content (i'm not a mythographer). however, the writing is clean and easy to follow. on my shelf. i've read most of Campbell's works, inculding Hero With A 1000 Faces, all the Masks of God books, etc. - as well as his biography, Fire in the Mind. from what i've read of your work, you borrow from his oeuvre. i have no prob with that at all; in fact, it makes ...
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    JMCornwell [Retired] wrote 5 years, 5 months ago
    "...over your life story than YOU realize." "...your encounters influence the next INSTALLMENT." " a dramatic novel, at others, like a series..." A comma not a semi-colon as the clauses are dependent and not independent "Conventions evolved THAT helped..." folk tale is not hyphenated You need not highlight certain words by using apostrophes or quotes. Their place in the sentence is sufficiently highlight, unless you want to use italics. The use of that and which is confused. Other than the ...
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  • jez1982's avatar
    jez1982 wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    Chapter 6 on the Trickster is especially illuminating! Great stuff! Backed, of course!

  • David Fearnhead's avatar
    David Fearnhead wrote 5 years, 5 months ago
    For a book which deals with all of life's big questions this is a surprisingly easy read. You've certainly given a lot of time over to thinking about the subjects of which you write, and you've also given equal time into how best to explain your thoughts and conclusions to others. I think presentation will be a key component to this book, so I'd agree with francis and invest time to get the right illustrations or find an artist you ...
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    SusieGulick wrote 5 years, 5 months ago
    Dear Jane, Again, I want to tell you how thankful I am for having read your book. I was identifying with my Mom in my, "Tell Me True Love Stories," "My Precious Mom." You moved my heart. I loved my Mom so much. :) I got so excited when I saw that you had backed it. :) Since I have already backed & commented on your book before, I came to your "comment" page to help it advance even more. ...
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    SusieGulick wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    Dear Jane, I got so excited when I saw that you had backed my book. :) Since I have already backed & commented on your book, I came to your "comment" page to help it advance even more. I will also put you on my watchlist to help it move up. To help my other book to advance, would you please back & comment on my unedited version? "Tell Me True Love Stories" Thanks, Susie :)

  • nakiacap's avatar
    nakiacap wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    i found that alot of what your saying is once I thought about it. backed with pleasure

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    JMCornwell [Retired] wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    I definitely have to read this. How much of Jung and Joseph Campbell's work has influence your thinking?

    J M Cornwell

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    I'm grounded wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    It's really shocking that our POV is the same about life. WONDERFUL.
    Backed. Wid pleasure ofcourse.
    I'm grounded(The Stories of life).