Stories We've Heard, Stories We've Told

Stories We've Heard, Stories We've Told : Life-Changing Narratives in Therapy and Everyday Life

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This is a book that integrates what is known from a wide variety of disciplines about the nature of storytelling and how it influences and transforms people's lives. Drawing on material from the humanities, sociology, anthropology, neurophysiology, media and communication studies, narrative inquiry, indigenous healing traditions, as well as education, counseling, and therapy, the book explores the ways that therapists operate as professional storytellers. In
addition, our job is to hold and honor the stories of our clients, helping them to reshape them in more constructive ways. The book itself is written as a story, utilizing engaging prose, research, photographs, and powerful anecdotes to draw readers into the intriguing dynamics and processes involved in
therapeutic storytelling. It sets the stage for what follows by discussing the ways that stories have influenced history, cultural development, and individual worldviews and then delves into the ways that everyday lives are impacted by the stories we hear, read, and view in popular media. The focus then moves to stories within the context of therapy, exploring how client stories are told, heard, and negotiated in sessions. Attention then moves to the ways that therapists can become more skilled
and accomplished storytellers, regardless of their theoretical preferences and style.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 162 x 241 x 21mm | 566g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0199328250
  • 9780199328253
  • 824,065

Table of contents

Chapter 1 - The Power and Influence of Stories ; Chapter 2 - The Storied Brain ; Chapter 3 - Stories of Change in Ancient and Historical Cultures ; Chapter 4 - Stories of Change in Modern Culture, Media, and Entertainment ; Chapter 5 - Personal Narratives and Stories ; Chapter 6 - Historical Stories of Change ; Chapter 7 - Trauma and Emotional Problems as Disordered Stories ; Chapter 8 - Therapeutic Value of Stories in Creating Change ; Chapter 9 - Types of Stories in Therapy and Teaching ; Chapter 10 - When Stories Lie ; Chapter 11 - Filtering and Creating More Powerful Stories. ; Chapter 12 - Going Way Beyond Stories
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"For therapists interested in the potentials of stories and storytelling, this book offers a good introduction, bringing needed coherence to how narrative metaphor can be used in different approaches to professional helping." --PsycCRITIQUES
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About Jeffrey Kottler

Jeffrey A. Kottler, PhD., is a Professor in the Department of Counseling at California State University - Fullerton, and Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Empower Nepali Girls.
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