This chapter explores the ‘stories we tell ourselves’ to deal with the overwhelming nature of traumatic experience. Traumatic narratives are likely to be ‘repetitive, vivid, perceptually based, emotion laden and involve a reliving of events in the present’ (Brewin in Friedman et al., 2007, p. 123). Therapeutically it is important to introduce difference into these traumatic narratives. This may include different perspectives over time or from other people. More detailed stories with complexity and depth begin the ‘migration of identity’ (White, 1995) from trauma narrative, which becomes the totality of lived experience, to life stories, where traumatic experience is not constricting identity. This is an essential part of the healing process.
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