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An Answer May Not Be The Greatest Gift.



Shakespeare’s “To be or not to be?” may be the most famous question in the history of humanity. It may also be the most profound question a person might ask himself or herself. So what is it about questions that can so fully encompass the wholeness of human experience? Is it because questions start journeys, open up thinking, or because questions remain the same when answers change? This paper reviews narrative psychology literature to explore the role questions might play in driving the development of a person’s life story. The relationship between narrative and meaning suggests that because of a question’s role in reasoning, it may act as both a meaning bridge and a driver of the authoring process. How a person relates to or holds their questions might also influence how conflicts, contradictions, and paradoxes are integrated into their life stories. Finally, evidence from critical thinking research suggests character strengths that might help a person relate to their questions so that a journey of discovery is begun. Ultimately, may the answer be found not in finding an answer, but in the exploration of a question? Keywords: Meaning, Narrative, Questions, Dialectics.
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