30 Jul What’s Your Story?
Stories tell us something about ourselves, others, and our experiences. Our therapists have the pleasure to sit with all kinds of people at different stages of their life and hear their stories.
One approach CHRIS 180 clinicians often take with clients is to listen to the stories you share about yourself, others, and your experiences. Dan McAdams, a professor of psychology and human development, asserts that “people living in modern societies provide their lives with unity and purpose by constructing internalized and evolving narratives of the self.” Simply put, we are natural storytellers. We are not only the author of our stories, but also the narrator.
At times, our stories contain fallacies that have a negative impact on our self-understanding and impact the way we interact with others and interpret the world. Our narrative environment also impacts the way we create and tell our stories. A context may push or pull you to write a certain story. There are moments when we find ourselves amid a story or narrative environment that no longer fits who we truly are or who we want to be.
Fortunately, we are the authors of our stories, and while we may not be able to change past or future experiences, we can construct a new meaning to the present narrative. Here are three questions to ask yourself as you write your story:
- What’s the backstory?
- What’s the environment?
- Who are the characters?
Maybe your story is untold or possibly untold. If you would like to tell your story or need help shaping your story, CHRIS 180 counselors are here to listen and help you take an active role as the author of your story. You can make an appointment today by visiting CHRIS180.org/counselingcenters.