Archive for the ‘Coherent narrative’ Category

☞ Many of us are trying to come to grips with the incomprehensible mass killing of children and their educators in Newtown. The article below and the following article argue that narrative may have an ameliorative or even curative effect on us, and it can help both the victims and the perpetrators of violence. The article below was published on the 20th of December in the Huffington Post. It was written by Sloan Gorman, who is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

“Five days have passed and I am still finding it nearly impossible to comprehend the events of 12/14 in Newtown, Conn. I am an experienced clinical social worker who specializes in the treatment of psychological trauma, yet I am still at a loss in understanding what happened on that hideous day.

When working with a client in therapy to help them heal from a traumatic event, one of my goals is to help them create a coherent narrative about what happened. A coherent narrative is essentially a story that makes sense.

A coherent narrative is one of the things that helps us to integrate new information with what we already know, so that we can heal and move on.”

“The Newtown tragedy continues to trouble me personally, and us collectively, because it is so difficult to formulate a coherent narrative around the events of that day.

Why has it been so difficult to do so? Perhaps it is because it is just too tragic. Perhaps it is because too many innocents died. Perhaps it is so difficult for me personally because it hits too close to my home in Milford, Conn.

Or maybe, just maybe, the reason I am not able to form a coherent narrative around these events is because there is none. This story does not make sense, no matter which angle you view it from. Perhaps there will be continue to be no coherent narrative until the laws are changed about what kind of firearms individuals are allowed to own.”