Identities for Life and Death

Forever Daily Message Calendar

by Dr. Robert J. Pellegrini



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/17/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 400
ISBN : 9781452086828
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 400
ISBN : 9781452092171
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 400
ISBN : 9781452092164

About the Book

Identity is seen here as developed from narratives we assimilate as scripts for the roles we play in real life, thus shaping our destiny – for better or worse, for good or evil. Do we choose to passively, obliviously, allow our “selves” to be formed by whatever story lines “get through” to our consciousness? Or do we take an active role in deciding which story lines influence the construction or destruction of the person we become or fail to become?

Do we choose to exercise our God-given free will to screen out narratives most likely to have a toxic, dehumanizing impact on us in favor of story lines most likely to have a creative, strengthening impact on our ability to fulfill the best of our human potential? Which of our inner wolves shall we feed? The good, moral one -- who helps us become and do all the best we can be and do, or the evil, immoral one -- who strangles our creativity?

There is a cumulative, self-perpetuating momentum to human development, whether toward growth through creatively-inspired, humanizing roles, or toward deterioration through toxically narratized, dehumanizing roles. This calendar provides brief, thought-provoking ideas to help make every day a creatively-inspired day.

These daily messages are designed to encourage assimilation of life-oriented, creative identity-defining narrative themes as protection against death-oriented, toxic ones. Inspired by the life of Jesus Christ, the objective here is to energize and promote continuity in the experience of success and fulfillment in critical aspects of life – such as the health, image, and appearance of our body, our relationships with the people in our lives, the material abundance we manage to achieve, and the recognition we get for the work we do, all integrated by a profoundly humanizing spirituality.


About the Author

Professor Emeritus of Psychology at San Jose State University, Bob Pellegrini served as SJSU’s Associate Dean for Research, Director of Sponsored Programs, and Psychology Department Chair. He received his B. A. degree from Clark University Phi Beta Kappa with High Honors in Psychology. Supported by National Institute for Mental Health fellowships, he earned his M. A. and Ph.D. from the University of Denver, with predoctoral internships at The University of Colorado School of Medicine, Children’s Asthmatic Research Institute and National Jewish Hospitals in Denver, followed by National Science Foundation-sponsored post-doctoral studies at Stanford University.

Bob’s auditorium sections of Introductory Psychology enrolled thousands of students over his 42-year career at SJSU, where he also mentored hundreds of students in a minority outreach programs including a B. A. degree program he co-founded for inmates at the California Department of Corrections Soledad facility. He has been honored with national (Psi Chi, the national honor society for Psychology majors), regional (Western Psychological Association), and local (SJSU) outstanding teacher of the year awards, and been an invited speaker at dozens of venues, including the prestigious Lewis M. Terman Master Lecture Series.

A Past-President of the Western Psychological Association, he has authored and co-authored over 120 presentations at annual meetings of professional associations, been a keynote speaker at dozens of public and private organization meetings, published more than 100 articles in professional journals, seven chapters in edited books, 12 manuals and study guides, and four books. A unifying theme throughout Bob’s scholarly work is a search to understand social psychological processes that inhibit or promote actualization of human potential in all sorts of contexts. He enjoys giving talks and workshops entitled, “Self 101: The Stories of Our Lives.”