By Martin Payne
Drawing at the rules of Michael White and David Epston, this absolutely revised, prolonged and up-to-date Second Edition contains the development in their considering during the last 5 years and introduces advancements initiated via different narrative therapists around the world. New fabric has been further round counseling for post-traumatic reactions, clash and a feeling of non-public failure
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It’s to propose that it is the story or self-narrative that determines which aspects of our lived experience get expressed, and it is to propose that it is the story [or] self-narrative that determines the shape of our lived experience. qxd 12/26/2005 9:57 AM Page 21 Ideas Informing Narrative Therapy In this passage White is using ‘interpreting’ as Ricoeur and other postmodern writers use it. Interpretation, here, does not refer to an activity where a professional tells another person what their experience really means; equally, it does not mean a person’s applying a psychological theory to her life.
Gender issues are not the only factors kept in mind; all issues of cultural power in the therapist’s unacknowledged attitudes have the potential to inhibit or distort work with persons who identify with different cultures or subcultures. I imagine that few counsellors of any persuasion agree with male chauvinist, racist or similar beliefs, but the emphasis in narrative therapy on the need for continual vigilance against their more subtle manifestations is particularly emphatic. White values feminist analysis of the patriarchal assumptions embedded in established psychologies, and acknowledges that feminists have alerted him to subtle ways in which sexism and chauvinism may be demonstrated by male therapists through vocal tone, dominance of conversation, marginalization through vocabulary choice, unverified assumed capacity for empathy, and assumed cultural and gender norms (1997a).
The enterprise of this psychology would be to formulate a systematic range of concepts deriving from people’s direct experience. Ossario believes that, through social constructionism, such a fresh start has been made. In less trenchant mode than Ossario, John Shotter also suggests that narrative can be the basis of a social constructionist psychology: Everyone’s social life is … a whole mosaic of interlocking activities with the function of mutually supporting and reciprocally defining one another, each known in terms of the part it plays in relation to the rest … what we need is an account of personhood and selfhood in the ordinary sense of the term ‘account’ as simply a narration of a circumstance or state of affairs … that allows us to see all the different aspects of a person as if arrayed within a landscape, all in relation to one another, from all of the standpoints within it … we have concentrated far too much attention on the isolated individual studied from the point of view of an uninvolved observer.