What is the life story you tell yourself? Do you feel stuck or do you see progression? The answer will tell you of your emotional potential or what will keep you lost in depression.
Listen to this Ninth Audio of the “Depression Help” series and you can also read the accompanying blog post.
Listen/Download to my audio: Developing better life stories or timelines
Read my Depression Help Blog post: Developing better life stories or timelines
1: Three stage programme
Audio 2: More than Depression Tips
Audio 3: Two Suggestions
Audio 4: Talking is last thing
Audio 5: Vicious and Virtuous
Audio 6: Depression like a Twisted Ankle
Audio 7: Ignorance of Depression
Audio 8: How do you feel?
Audio 9: Timelines and Life Stories
Audio 10 : Ask the right questions
Audio 11: Three reframes
Audio 12: Is each depression unique?
Audio 13: Drowning in Depression
If I look back over my professional development as a Human Givens therapist, I can see so clearly how the idea of timelines have kept cropping up – so much so that I would say that their use has become an essential part of my therapeutic approach and increasingly explicitly.
I remember learning that if an early event (a trauma in childhood say) was cleared, then like falling domino pieces the brain could reprocess subsequent events differently and more easily. This was so, as each experience depended on the previous. The result could be that a lifetime could begin to appear as altogether easier and more empowering – as timelines.
I remember reading Jonathon Haidt’s The Happiness Hypothesis. He talked of the need for all of us to have a narrative for our life which makes sense and from which we can see progression and movement – even from the very worst of times. He also suggested a writing exercise. This was that we can write down two stories – the life we have had and the life we might have had. For each story, we condense it into a sentence or phrase. I can vouch for the power of this exercise and how as a therapist, you can make use of the second story – to help build an altogether more empowering life narrative.