“Dr. David Denborough, a pioneer in narrative therapy, says “who we are and what we do” is influenced by the stories we tell about ourselves. “We take certain events and link them together into a plot or theme. And this plot or theme about our lives then shapes our identities.” In his book, Retelling the Stories of our Lives, he explains that self-image is deeply influenced by how we frame events in our past: “If we tell stories that emphasize only desolation, then we become weaker. Alternatively, we can tell our stories in ways that makes us stronger, in ways that soothes the loses, in ways that ease the sorrow.” This process requires deep reflection, where one is able to see their own storyline, discover inspiring themes, address negative assumptions, and rewrite deeply held scripts.”
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