Thickening Narrative Therapy Through Existential Psychotherapy

There was a time when there was now, and there was now, and there was now, and there was now, and there was now, and Many viewpoints have written the history, but the future remains blank, and right now is the act of writing. Narrative therapy is a type of treatment that employs the narrative or storey of our perspective on our lives. We search for a flaw in the lens that reveals a different perspective on our circumstance. To explain the storey from a different perspective, not to change it. Park City Psychotherapy is one of the authority sites on this topic. Narrative therapy respects these experiences while also acknowledging that each perspective is laden with meaning that has been predetermined by family, society, and culture as the “correct” meaning.

Existential therapy focuses on the individual’s perspective and the “now” rather than the “past” or “future.” As a result, it considers both limitations and expansiveness. Meaning (vs. meaninglessness), freedom (vs. confinement), death (vs. life), and isolation (vs. inclusion) are the four basic subjects of investigation in existentialist (Yalom, 1980). Existential psychotherapy and narrative therapy can complement each other by filling up the gaps left by the other. Incorporating a past, present, and future tense, as well as giving meaning to both an individual and collective perspective.

For thousands of years, philosophers have struggled to define the concept meaning. It’s been nearly hard to give it a definite definition. Most of the major schools of psychotherapy have a common thread about how humans utilise meaning. Meaning is not a given in narrative therapy; nothing is loaded with meaning; rather, meaning is the interpretation of experience. This viewpoint is based on the social construction of reality hypothesis. As a result (2009, “The Social Construction of Reality”):

“The Social Construction of Reality’s central idea is that people and groups interacting in a social system form concepts or mental representations of each other’s actions over time, and that these concepts eventually become habituated into reciprocal roles played by the actors in relation to each other. The reciprocal exchanges are considered to be institutionalised when these roles are made available for other members of society to participate into and play out. Meaning is embedded in society as a result of this institutionalisation. Knowledge and people’s perceptions (and beliefs) of reality get ingrained in society’s institutional fabric.”

A more broad statement is that humans provide meaning to an experience through language, symbols, and participatory interaction. Experience comes first, followed by the filtering of that experience through various cultural exchanges, which leads to interpretation. Simply because we observe the colour blue, it is only “blue” because of the culturally assigned meaning. In narrative therapy, a fast formula for meaning is experience plus interpretation equals meaning.

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