Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends
W. W. Norton & Company, 1990 - Medical - 229 pages
White and Epston base their therapy on the assumption thatpeople experience problems when the stories of their lives,as they or others have invented them, do not sufficientlyrepresent their lived experience. Therapy then becomes aprocess of storying or restorying the lives and experiences ofthese people. In this way narrative comes to play a centralrole in therapy. Both authors share delightful examples of astoried therapy that privileges a person's lived experience,inviting a reflexive posture and encouraging a sense of authorshipand reauthorship of one's experiences and relationshipsin the telling and retelling of one's story.
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I find a great deal of truth and therefore hope in this effort to coalesce the thoughts here of these authors on story and re-story, "narrative means to therapeutic ends". That said, I am surprised at the lack of acknowledgement of the human spiritual aspect behind their premises, in fact, the very foundation upon which their intuition and knowledge arise from.
Story is the domain, even progenitor of the Creator "Himself". Without an understanding of the Cosmic "God Story", we are left with an inadequate and far less transformative "narrative means to therapeutic ends". We have left out the Great Healer, the One ancients referred to as Jehovah Rapha.
I do understand the secular preference for either downplaying the spiritual, or dismissing it altogether, but to do so is to deny a realm of knowledge and truth, which lacks the open mindedness of true science. Nonetheless, I can assimilate the means and ends here into my own concept of anam cara, and see its benefit as I see other psychologists of faith, (Benner, Crabb and others), apply the narrative, God Story approach to individualized therapy and healing.
}:- anonemoose monk