Thursday Review: “Narrative and the Self as Relationship” (Parts I and II)

At first glance, calling a story a “form of accounting” seems awfully mundane. On the other hand, it’s very descriptive. The accounting for/of the activity is not the actual activity: it’s a kind of summary, a high-level overview of everything which actually occurred. A little like a financial report, everything in this account has a […]

Thursday Review: “Making Sense”

For something a little different, this February, the Thursday Reviews will be dedicated to a few of Richard Asher’s classic articles from the late 1950s: February 1: “Why Are Medical Journals So Dull?” The Talking Sense trilogy: February 8: “Clinical Sense” February 15: “Making Sense” February 22: “Talking Sense” It’s no wonder that Asher’s lecture […]

Thursday Review: “Forming a Story: The Health Benefits of Narrative”

Telling a story is good for your health In the Journal of Clinical Psychology, James W. Pennebaker and Janel D. Seagal study a group of students instructed to write about a traumatic experience, and then measure both the mental and physical health outcomes of those students. The results were measured against a control group, who […]