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Old 27-05-2010, 06:26 PM   #1
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According to Brian Boyd’s astounding text On the Origin of Stories:

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Fiction extends our imaginative reach (so that) we are not confined to the here and now (and) our capacity to think beyond the here and now has made our species distinctly different. Science has improved immensely on the fictive explanations of the past – although even scientists find they cannot help anthropomorphizing causal factors; but science could not have begun without our persistent inclination and ability to think beyond the here and now.
And there it is. We learn through story. We think by using story. We explain through story. But we cannot trust stories to be truthful beyond a certain point and the line of demarcation between accuracy and fantasy is difficult to sense. It may even move.

The patient appears with the story of their disability. We need somehow to give them the story of their recovery. Then we need to get them to start telling that second one – even if only to themselves.

I remember hearing Stan Lee say a few years ago, “I’ve told this story so many times it might actually be true.”

He wrote comic books.
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Old 28-05-2010, 01:31 AM   #2
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Nice progression from the other posts. Well orchestrated thinking progression.

And this is perfectly illustrated:
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The patient appears with the story of their disability. We need somehow to give them the story of their recovery. Then we need to get them to start telling that second one – even if only to themselves.
So, recognize the weaknesses, recognize the strengths, and use it in a way that is scientific (when introducing to pt the new story), while ensuring they have an understanding of it in their mind so that the story is not simply provided by therapist, it is imagined and lived by the patient. It becomes their story...... Beautiful.

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I guess I could share this. I wrote it a while ago, seems pertinent to this thread:

The Greatest Gift?
What is our greatest gift?
We have hands
Able to manipulate objects with incredible dexterity
To gesture with astounding complexity
But monkeys can use tools
They can even be taught to sign
And with their complex and numerous appendages
Our own are truly rivaled by many in the animal kingdom
And our vocalizations
Complicated with the movement of air
Over our tongues and through our teeth
We can chitter like a chipmunk
And sing like a bird
Infused with pitch and remarkable resonance
Gifted with a complex set of vocalizations we call speech
Combining symbols and signs into stories
And paired with our appendages
The ability to express ourselves expands
Rivaling the most intricate of mating rituals
All to share our thoughts, to express
And our memory
When thoroughly peppered with the senses
Only rivaled by the elephants in its capacity
Creating complex mental maps
Representations of the world around us
Faculty to function in any environment known to us
It is even hard to change
So completely interconnected
So powerfully associative
In some it leads to psychosis
Representing a reality within
Not nearly enough mimicking that perceived by others
Our ability to emote is intriguing as well
We know that animals experience connections
Especially those of us with a pet or two
They demonstrate sadness, mourning, and anger
Affection, happiness and contentment
That is very akin to our own
Though their capacity to express it may be limited
So even love then, is not our greatest gift
Though it ensures the interconnection of our species
Certifying our survival
What about our faculty to understand, to think?
This may be the very reason for our ability to explore
Manipulating objects and environments
Creating things with our hands
It may be the reason for our voice
So that we may express to others our thoughts
So that we may empathize
It contributes to our memory
Powering our scope for amassing information
It allows for latitude of emotional range and depth
Enhancing our ability to sympathize
Pouring meaning into our expressions
But even this is limited by time
Confined to past experiences
To present circumstances
What allows us to break the barriers of time and history?
Allows us the potent potential so uniquely human?
The momentum that ever expands our power?
Pushing our creativity and curiosity?
Cultivating our passion and driving our desire?
I think it is our imagination, our ability to dream
Our dreams are what allow us to see the impossible
They allow us to hold onto expectation
They impel us to move forward
Coerce us to change
The vision that removes our constraints
Our imagination drives our organizations
From religion to politics
It feeds the appetite for war
And it nurtures the spirit of harmony
Uncovering universal connections beyond and between us all

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Jon,

Cartoon made me think that a balance is always good to try to achieve with patients between being too scientific and allowing too much of the story to continue. Have to speak their language a bit, or they are not going to learn (vs. be educated). That's why analogies are so helpful, I find. Plus, once they start to learn themselves again, I don't have to say much anyway. But then they ask questions like, "Why/How did I get like this in the first place?" ......that's when it's fun to talk neuroscience!

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