We all have complex personal narratives about why we are the way that we are, why we do the things that we do, why other people are the way that they are, and so forth. It is natural to create an internal narrative about our lives. When our stories are coherent, integrated, and based upon a core belief in our own self-worth, our life narratives allow for greater flexibility, optimism, and motivation for growth. It is when our stories become rigid, self-defeating, lack cohesion, and are filled with negative beliefs about our self-worth and self-efficacy that they can become disabling.
Via Kathy Hansen