Stories Weve Heard, Stories Weve Told: Life-Changing Narratives in Therapy and Everyday Life

Hardcover | November 7, 2014

byJeffrey Kottler

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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, narrativeinquiry, 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 influencedhistory, 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 negotiatedin 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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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, narrativeinquiry, indigenous healing traditions, as wel...

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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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.29 × 6.18 × 0.91 inPublished:November 7, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199328250

ISBN - 13:9780199328253

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Table of Contents

1. The Power and Influence of Stories2. The Storied Brain3. Stories of Change in Ancient and Historical Cultures4. Stories of Change in Modern Culture, Media, and Entertainment5. Personal Narratives and Stories6. Historical Stories of Change7. Trauma and Emotional Problems as Disordered Stories8. Therapeutic Value of Stories in Creating Change9. Types of Stories in Therapy and Teaching10. When Stories Lie11. Filtering and Creating More Powerful Stories12. Going Way Beyond Stories