Dec 4, 2022 • 51M

Mental Health and Personal Narratives

Re-evaluating the way we tell our story

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The Twelve Inquiries
Welcome to The 12 Inquiries, a year-long conversation between two friends about 12 topics that interest us. You could call it a monthly salon, though that sounds a little grandiose. We hope you’ll join us in the conversation. Who knows, maybe we’ll become friends. Each conversation will take place over a month. We’ll publish an introductory newsletter and podcast episode the first week of each month. During the second week, we’ll host a live conversation on Twitter Spaces with guests. On the third week, we’ll publish a short recap of what we learned, and respond to questions and comments we receive. During the fourth week, we rest. Well, really, we prepare for the next month’s inquiry.
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A funny thing happens with therapy; It’s not funny “Ha ha,” but funny in the way watching Buster Keaton get punched in the face is funny. Once you start revisiting specific chapters of your life as part of a process meant to empower you with often radically different coping mechanisms, you also realize how much of your biography is fiction. We are the ghostwriters of our autobiography—the often unreliable narrators who are interested in protecting a sort of internalized version of ourselves.

For this slightly behind-schedule fourth episode, we dive into those stories we tell about ourselves, find some interesting similarities, and explore how we both coped with our unconventional childhoods. We hope you’ll join us in this conversation.