Stories We Tell Ourselves

 Brain Injury Blog 

Stories We Tell Ourselves (Excerpt)

by Barbara Stahura

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 for more, includiing journaling prompts for people with brain injury and family caregivers.


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.

April 19, 2012

2 responses to “Stories We Tell Ourselves”

  1. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a coworker who had been conducting a little research on this. And he actually bought me dinner due to the fact that I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending some time to talk about this subject here on your site.

  2. Marilyn Lash says:

    Barbara’s workbook After Brain Injury: Telling Your Story will help you get started with useful prompts and directions. You’ll find in the Bookstore under self-help workbooks or search for her name. It’s a great book!

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