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Ki Savo: Owning the Narrative

Though there is a great deal of debate in the field of psychology regarding the relevance of one’s past to his or her current concerns or presenting problems, there is conclusive evidence that the manner in which one relates to his past is of critical importance. Research on trauma in particular emphasizes the importance of being able to create a narrative, the story we tell ourselves – and others – about who we are, what we have been through, and how our experiences and encounters have influenced us. We might at first relate very negatively to our personal narratives, feeling embittered or burdened by our pasts. One of the benefits and goals of psychotherapy is to help people to explore the elements of their life stories in order to own their narrative in a way that effectively integrates past experiences and choices into one’s present reality.