What is narrative practice?
Narrative therapy is a method that allows you to separate a person from his problem and develop an alternative view of the events happening to him.

Our experiences become our stories. We attach meaning to these stories, value them highly, and over time they become part of our identity.

Narrative therapy uses the power of stories to help people articulate their true goals and values. At the same time, a person begins to feel like a "storyteller", the author of his own life, and a psychologist is a guide accompanying changes.
What is a narrative?
Narrative (from Lat. narrare — to tell) —a story; narration; customer stories about personal history
Not an expert psychologist, how is that?
A narrative practitioner is an "expert" in asking questions. In narrative therapy, the psychologist is not in the therapy center and he does not know how a person can live his unique life. The concept of norm, structure, what a person should be, how correctly and incorrectly the client defines.

A psychologist influences what is happening by asking questions that give people the opportunity to formulate their own position in relation to problems and express what is at its core.
Why should I trust the approach?
Narrative practice does not seem to be something abstract, it has a large theoretical base, is based on psychological works and philosophical ideas. There are scientific studies concerning the effectiveness of narrative practice with T.Z. neurobiology
(J. Zimmerman, 1999)
Will I be able to find out about the causes of my problems?
Yes, you can, but the psychologist will not name these reasons for you, but will help you find them yourself, based on your values and ideas about what is important.
Can you help me if I need advice?
No, unfortunately ethics does not allow a psychologist to give advice, and also the philosophical basis of my approach does not allow me to make value judgments and conclusions about your life experience, but I will be able to direct questions to the "right" idea for solving the problem.
for a novice postmodernist
What is postmodernism?
Postmodernism is a certain period, as well as a new discourse, a special type of rationalism, a style, a new idea and philosophy.

It is typical for him:
- rejection of generally accepted provisions
- acceptance of pluralism and decentralization of scientific communities, knowledge sources and language games;
- attention to differences and diversity, as well as the desire to assimilate them;
- willingness to accept this or that choice without shame and fear in conditions of freedom of opinion;
- limitless (infinite) possibilities for interpreting reality;
- instead of using the usual categories of time and place, the desire to understand reality in its integrity/autonomy;
- struggle with the idea of dividing a person into soul and body and rejection of the dominance of one absolute reality.
What is deconstruction?
A therapeutic technique that allows us to discover that many stories that we present as "truths" are formed in society and can influence life. It also allows a person to realize that he is the author of his life story and to free himself from "social stereotypes".
What is externalization?
In the narrative approach, it is customary to separate the problem from the person. If, for example, in psychodynamic approaches problems are considered as something internal, their roots are sought in the early stages of development, then in the narrative the problem and the person are different entities. A person is a person, and a problem is a problem. This is called externalization.
What kind of identity is seen in narrative practice?
A person's identity is constantly being born and changing in the context of social interactions, communities of people, formed by historical and cultural forces.
How does the preferred story differ from the problematic one?
A problematic story can be called one that closes the possibilities for a person to realize his values, dreams, hopes, etc. However, there are always many stories in a person's life. In addition to the dominant one, there are also alternative, or subordinate, stories. No problem captures a person's life 100%, there are always some areas or moments of life where there is something else besides the problem. There is always some experience that has not yet been included in the stories. Those of them that lead to the realization of intentions and the achievement of human goals are preferred.
What is the narrative metaphor?
People's lives are presented in the form of a multitude of events that they combine into certain sequences that unfold over time. We all consist of many stories: about who we are and who we are not, that is, about our "I", about our abilities and achievements, about failures and defeats, about interests and intentions, about work and career, about relationships and connections, about actions, desires, plans, etc. What exactly these stories will be depends on what events we paid attention to, how we connected them with each other and what meaning we gave them.
What is the difference between truths given to people and discourses?
The basic position of the discourse boils down to the fact that the so-called objective reality is a product of human communication, and that knowledge is not acquired passively, but is actively constructed by the cognizing subject. Discourse is described as a procedural category due to its potential incompleteness, while truth is the result of human activity.
What opportunities does deconstruction offer?
The client looks at the situation in a new way. Deconstructive conversation helps people "unpack" dominant stories, look at them from new perspectives and see how they were constructed.
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