The Social Construction of Stories

I‘m interested in where these narratives come from, particularly those narratives that sometimes get in the way of us being happier. There’s been a lot of psychological research on how stories are helpful for us; for example, in the case of experiencing adversity or trauma. If we look for explanation and reason through narrative, it helps us cope with the adverse consequences.…

Aspects of Enactment

“First, there is no real discontinuity between speech and action. Secondly, “acting-in” the transference is not something that occurs intermittently at times of distress. It is a semiotic dimension. It goes on continually, and the relationship between the patient and the therapist is played out, over time, in a patterned, structured way. This discourse of action is isomorphic with whatever the patient…

Is it your personality, or a disorder?

Psychological diagnoses offer an easy way in to understanding character – but our habit of using them comes at a cost Lucy Foulkes  Illustration by Elia Barbieri Illustration: Elia Barbieri/The Guardian It takes around 30 seconds to diagnose Holden Caulfield. Sixty, maybe, if you look at more than one website. The unhappy protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye has post-traumatic…

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