"We are less damaged by the traumas of childhood," [James] Hillman writes, "than by the traumatic way we remember childhood," and "We dull our lives by the way we conceive them. We have stopped imagining them with any sort of romance, any fictional flair." Through the autobiographic process you restore the "romance" and "fictional flair" of story to your own life, and you replace old stories of powerlessness with stories of consciousness and revelation in which you are the protagonist.

Tristine Rainer, James Hillman, Your Life as Story by Tristine Rainer