Stories We've Heard, Stories We've Told: Life-Changing Narratives in Therapy and Everyday Life

ISBN : 9780199328253

Jeffrey A. Kottler
304 ページ
162 x 241 mm

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, narrative inquiry, 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 influenced history, 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 negotiated in sessions. Attention then moves to the ways that therapists can become more skilled and accomplished storytellers, regardless of their theoretical preferences and style.


Chapter 1 - The Power and Influence of Stories
Chapter 2 - The Storied Brain
Chapter 3 - Stories of Change in Ancient and Historical Cultures
Chapter 4 - Stories of Change in Modern Culture, Media, and Entertainment
Chapter 5 - Personal Narratives and Stories
Chapter 6 - Historical Stories of Change
Chapter 7 - Trauma and Emotional Problems as Disordered Stories
Chapter 8 - Therapeutic Value of Stories in Creating Change
Chapter 9 - Types of Stories in Therapy and Teaching
Chapter 10 - When Stories Lie
Chapter 11 - Filtering and Creating More Powerful Stories.
Chapter 12 - Going Way Beyond Stories


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.