Jesse Bering writes regular articles for Scientific American magazine. In What’s Your Story? The Psychological Science of Life History Research he introduced me to a new line of psychological research about how people connect the events in their lives to make stories. Bering writes, “To put it starkly, McAdams has found there are basically two types of people in this world.” Events in early adulthood are either “contaminative episodes” or “redemptive episodes”.
If you're interested in stories then this is a place to start.