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Every day we relate stories about our highs and lows, relationships and jobs, heartaches and joys. But do we ever consider the choices we make about how to tell our story? In this groundbreaking book, Kim Schneiderman shows us that by choosing a different version we can redirect our energy and narrative toward our desires and goals. She presents character development workouts and life-affirming, liberating exercises for retelling our stories to find redemptive silver linings and reshape our lives.
As both a therapist and a writer, Schneiderman knows the power of story. By employing the storytelling techniques she offers, you’ll learn to view your life as a work in progress and understand big-picture story lines in ways that allow you to easily steer your actions and relationships toward redefined and realistic happy endings.”
Kim Schneiderman, LCSW, MSW, is a psychotherapist, adjunct professor, workshop facilitator, former journalist, and spiritual essayist who lives and works in New York City. She writes a psychological advice column for the New York, Boston, and Philadelphia Metro daily newspapers (http://www.metro.us/newyork), which have an aggregate circulation of roughly 1,000,000 readers. She counsels adults through her private psychotherapy practice and facilitates therapeutic writing groups at the 92nd Street Y, the JCC in Manhattan, FEGS Health and Human Services, the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS), the Association of Spirituality and Psychotherapy (ASP), Art Studio NY, Limmud New York, and various other venues. She has worked as an adjunct professor for the Long Island University’s School of Social Work and served as a Guest Lecturer for NYU’s Post-Graduate Social Work and Spiritual Care certificate program.
Ms. Schneiderman has written dozens of freelance articles, including cover stories, for major Jewish newspapers, including The Jewish Week, Baltimore Jewish Times,Northern California Jewish Bulletin, and Aish.com. Her blog, The Novel Perspective,” is popular on the Psychology Today website: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-novel-perspective
Ms. Schneiderman is a member of the UJA-Federation of New York’s Spiritual Care Task Force, the National Association of Social Workers, and the Association for Spirituality and Psychotherapy.
Table of Contents
PART I: Who’s Writing Your Script?
Chapter 1: Your Life as a Work in Progress Telling Our Stories What is a Script?
Chapter 2: Reclaiming Your Personal Narrative Tuning into our Inner Narrator Writing in the Third Person
Chapter 3: What’s In a Story? The Elements of a Story
Chapter 4: How to Use These Exercises
PART II: What’s This Chapter About?
Chapter 5: The Chapters of Our Lives
Chapter 6: The Present Chapter as a Starting Point
Chapter 7: The Protagonist Who is the Protagonist? Identifying the Protagonists’ Core Strengths Identifying Areas of Potential Growth
Chapter 8: Conflict Conflict as Integral to the Plot Four Different Kinds of Conflicts The Role of the Antagonist Character Development Playing With Scripts