Stories that Bind Us

narrativeResearch has shown that in order to build a resilient society we have to develop a strong narrative – be it a family or cultural narrative.

Stories allow us to find common grounds, to seek the familiar or to just make a connection. Hopefully I don’t sound overly pessimistic, but our world over the last year has seen more cause for despondency than hope.

Studies by Duke & Fivush highlight that children who have the most self-confidence have a strong “intergenerational self.” They know they belong to something bigger than themselves.

It is a good time to review our ties, links and bonds to others in the society we call home. Can we look back and consider all that we know about our family, culture or society. What do you really know?  Examples include: Do you know where your grandparents grew up? Do you know where your mom and dad went to school? Do you know where your parents met? Do you know an illness or something really terrible that happened in your to someone in the family? Do you know the story of your birth?

Tell me a few stories of your family or society that you think are important for YOUR narrative… your STORY!




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