Stories We Tell Ourselves
Brain Injury Blog by Barbara Stahura
April 19, 2012
We humans are storytelling beings. We create our lives around the stories we hear, tell, and believe, and more importantly, around the meanings we give to those stories. After a brain injury to you or a loved one, the familiar stories of your life change, sometimes drastically, and the new stories you tell yourself can help or hinder your post-injury life.
Here’s an example: When you frequently put yourself down, telling yourself that you’re dumb, worthless, or any other negative label, you live one story. When you tell yourself that you’re fine just the way you are, that you’re worthy of respect and kindness, you live another. Which story would you rather live?
See http://journalafterbraininjury.wordpress.com for more, includiing journaling prompts for people with brain injury and family caregivers.
YOUR STORY MATTERS
Barbara Stahura, CJF
Certified Journal Facilitator
• Co-author with Susan B. Schuster, M.A., CCC-SLP, of “After Brain Injury: Telling Your Story,” the first journaling workbook for people with brain injury.
• Author of “What I Thought I Knew,” a memoir about how changing my mind changed my life.