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STORYTELLING in counselling, research and everyday life

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 @ 5:06 pm
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I have been thinking again about Narrative Inquiry as methodological framework. People tell their experiences through ‘stories’. We share stories in everyday life, clients tell their stories during therapeutic sessions as ways of communicating and making meaning of the self and the world. In qualitative research,many stories are narrated on behalf of research participants to capture the experience of the phenomenon described…so many stories are woven within the human identity, though the interpersonal relations…life in general, is full of stories. Even the writing up of a research project is another ‘story’. I read an interesting quote today around this. Here it is:

“Vera said: Why do you feel you have to turn everything into a story?

So, I told her Why:

Because if i tell the story, I control the version

Because if I tell the story, I can make you laugh, and i would rather have you laugh at me than feel sorry for me

Because if i tell the story, it doesnt hurt so much

Because if I tell the story, I can get on with it”

Ephron (1983) Heartburn.New York: Knopf (p. 176-177)

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“STORYTELLING in counselling, research and everyday life”


  1. Hi F., Thanks for the last book title on the dark side of close relationships. What a fantastic title and hope you are getting something out of reading it for yourself. I also got William’s email with the artcile you found with a critique of teh heuristic method. Thanks for that too! Feels to me like you are making some progress. I still havent heard back yet from Debbie regardign my review panel on the 27th of June. If you are deferrring yours, how about doign it at the same time as me? I am writing from Ljubljana, will be teaching for teh next three days and hope the participants and I will have a good time. See you soon gudrun



  2. Hi

    Looks good! Very useful, good stuff. Good resources here. Thanks much!

    G’night



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