Narrative: living and being in time
A self without a story contracts into the thinness of its personal pronoun.
Stories are the womb of personhood. Stories make and break us. Stories sustain us
in times of trouble and encourage us towards ends we would not otherwise en-
vision. The more we shrink and harden our ways of telling, the more starved and
constipated we become.
Always in emergencies we invent narratives. We describe what is happening as if to
confine the catastrophe. When people heard that I was ill, they inundated me with
stories of their own illnesses, as well as the cases of friends. Storytelling seems to be
a natural reaction to illness. People bleed stories and I've become a bloodbank of
A narrative theory of psychology advocates the need to focus attention on human existence as it is lived, experienced and interpreted by each human individual. As we have seen in the last two chapters, our experience of self,