A guide to retelling your personal, family, and cultural stories to transform your life, your relationships, and the world
• Applies the latest neuroscience research on memory, brain mapping, and brain plasticity to the field of narrative therapy
• Details mind-mapping and narrative therapy techniques that use story to change behavior patterns in ourselves, our relationships, and our communities
• Explores how narrative therapy can help replace dysfunctional cultural stories with ones that build healthier relationships with each other and the planet
We are born into a world of stories that quickly shapes our behavior and development without our conscious awareness. By retelling our personal, family, and cultural narratives we can transform the patterns of our own lives as well as the patterns that shape our communities and the larger social worlds in which we interact.
Applying the latest neuroscience research on memory, brain mapping, and brain plasticity to the field of narrative therapy, Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy explain how the brain is specialized in the art of story-making and story-telling. They detail mind-mapping and narrative therapy techniques that use story to change behavior patterns in ourselves, our relationships, and our communities. They explore studies that reveal how memory works through story, how the brain recalls things in narrative rather than lists, and how our stories modify our physiology and facilitate health or disease. Drawing on their decades of experience in narrative therapy, the authors examine the art of helping people to change their story, providing brain-mapping practices to discover your inner storyteller and test if the stories you are living are functional or dysfunctional, healing or destructive. They explain how to create new characters and new stories, ones that excite you, help you connect with yourself, and deepen your intimate connections with others.
Detailing how shared stories and language form culture, the authors also explore how narrative therapy can help replace dysfunctional cultural stories with those that offer templates for healthier relationships with each other and the planet.
Lewis Mehl-Madrona M.D. Ph.D.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've read most of Mehl-Madrona's books and have benefited from all of them. His writing style is personal and easy to understand. I especially like this book because it gives us techniques on how to work with clients, which includes how B. Mainguy adds to his treatment modality, and he lets us know how long it took for the client to see positive results (important for those who work with insurance companies). This books seems could serve as a textbook. As with all of his books, he does extensive research so you know he's not coming out of "left field"--particularly important to those who are scientifically trained (as he is). I loved Barbara Mainguy's informative chapter at the end of the book regarding the importance of body, how it affects our mind and emotions and ways she has worked with movement to affect positive change in clients. She too provides well-researched information.
If you've ever noticed how friends and family describe themselves to new people, you'll likely hear them describing themselves through stories and metastories--the stories of our lives. "There are no truths, only stories," as Thomas King points out, and yet these stories need not stay stuck in one particular type of archetypal plot type, but can be changed in ways that benefit our emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health.
Remapping Your Mind provides us with a road map by which we view the inner landscape of our collective minds as the territory of stories we live by. We tell ourselves and others who we are, what motivates us, how we arrived where we are today, and what kinds of challenges we face in the stories we live by. As it turns out, stories are far from passive, inert influences in our lives; they can be every bit as dangerous as they are healing.
Author Lewis Mehl-Madrona and his wife Barbara Mainguy share insights for transforming...
This work also provides insights for anyone seeking genuine healing, so that you can help yourself, your friends, and family.
The concept of using story to heal is not taught by mainstream medicine. I'm a hybrid, like Lewis, who's worked both sides of the fence. After twenty years as an RN, I transitioned to massage therapy and energy healing work. Lewis comes from Lakota roots, is a medical doctor, but also incorporates Native American healing into his repertoire.
The result is transformational, as is this, his latest book. He and Barbara tell of the power of story and how it can "lighten up" our journey, so that we cast off our burdens and emerge into the light. The neuroscience is included, as well, which can be quite fascinating.
But I read it for the stories that educated me in the new paradigm: connecting with our clients and patients through story, listening deeply, and connecting with the power of love to lift the entire planet, one...
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