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The Power of Story

How to Create New Narratives in Old Brains

By David Krueger, M.D.



Humans are hard-wired to convert our experiences into stories and we become the stories we tell about ourselves. State-of-the-art neuro-imaging and cognitive neuropsychology have demonstrated how we create our "selves" through narrative. The importance of knowing our story is to transform it by learning from it. We become wiser for it, and more adaptive. Rather than repeat the old story, we can recognize, own, and assess it in order to decide what to change.
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