Looking for the ‘I’, ‘Me’ and ‘Other’ in Patient Stories

Volume 3 Issue 2
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Abstract

The following paper looks at how ‘story telling’ can help in the recovery from illness. The drive to make sense of our experiences, ills and life is profound and deeply rooted in the human psyche. Story telling allows the patient to make sense of their world and adjust to change brought about by their illness. In locating the self (the ‘I’, ‘Me’, and ‘Other’) in story, the person may come to think of recovery in a more positive and productive manner. Allowing a person to tell their story can provide access and insight to understanding and learning that would otherwise remain hidden, even to the people themselves, as well as the clinician.

Key words: Recovery, ‘story telling’, meaning making