The Story of Your Life

We can’t go back and change the past. We can’t erase trauma and hardship. But what if there was a way to regain control of our personal narratives? In the second part of our series on storytelling, we look at how interpreting the stories of our lives — and rewriting them — can change us forever. Also, a note that this week’s episode touches on themes of trauma and suicide. If you or someone you know may be having thoughts of suicide, please call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.   

Additional Resources: 

Research Studies:

“Personal Experience With Narrated Events Modulates Functional Connectivity Within Visual and Motor Systems During Story Comprehensionby Raymond Mar et al., Human Brain Mapping, 2014. 

Stories and the Promotion of Social Cognition – Raymond A. Mar, 2018,” by Raymond Mar, Current Directions in Psychological Science, 2018.

The neural bases of social cognition and story comprehension” by Raymond A Mar, Annual Review of Psychology, 2011

Grab Bag: 

The Psychoanalyst’s Tale – Why We Need to Tell Stories to Relieve Our Sorrows,” By John Henley Henley, John for The Guardian

More about Gillie Bolton’s work:

More about Krista Sandor’s work:

More about Medea: Medea: Greek Mythology

More about Aristotle’s writings on catharsis: Poetics By Aristotle: Catharsis


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