Words, stories, pictures and what’s good for us

Words, stories, pictures and what’s good for us

James Baker: ABC ‘The world today’ March 5th 2008 had this to say:

‘Everyone was a bit happier overall, so everyone was a little bit less distressed but the big difference was that people who actually started a blog, felt more socially integrated.’

And James Pennebaker says this:

‘Writing about emotional upheavals in our lives can improve physical and mental health.’

Importantly, he adds this:

‘How is this experience related to who you would like to become, who you have been in the past, or who you are now?’

And I certainly know that drawing about stuff has been good for the people I have worked with for years…and although I do bear in mind Jonathan Adler when he says that:

‘The stories that stick around…become who we are’

He says that stories of ‘victorious struggles’ are the stories that help us. Those stories where we just go round and round a problem aren’t so helpful. Doing this with others he calls ‘Co-ruminating’.

Look at these terrific drawings.

This woman in her 50’s who describes in this drawing, her flight to freedom across several war-torn countries.
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And this 53 year old man who has a wonderful memory of being on his father’s shoulders as a child.
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And this young woman who draws herself the person, herself scared and herself brave.
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And this teenage boy who just expresses his opinion about an event where he was socially brave.
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Stories of victory are good for us, putting words down on paper (in certain ways) is good for us, drawings tell stories…so…I’m thinking…all worth thinking about.

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