TELLING DIFFICULT STORIES

Passage Four (self portrait)Do you have stories about yourself that you don’t tell because you…

…think people won’t believe you…

you worry that people will think you are showing off…

you just find it hard to speak about certain things…

you just never told anyone before…

or if you say it aloud you might have to do something about it…

or any one of 100’s of other possible reasons that stop you from sharing,

healing and learning from your experiences?

judge the story as True or False, before they could read the next one.

It was just an experiment, but I made a very interesting discovery. There was no real judgement, because they could never actually know which stories were true and which were false. Some said true and some said false, and in the end it didn’t matter. And so I felt safe, but to my surprise, and most importantly, I healed from the process of doing it.

The people I had invited to read the stories were really fascinated and they said they learned a lot about how they tell the stories of their own lives and how we all listen to each others stories every day. Some of them asked me if I could set up a website so that they could try the experience, by telling their own difficult stories.

So here it is. My original story experiment is on the page called ‘My Stories’.

You can submit a story of your own. It will be moderated just to check it is not porn or spam etc and then it is added to the page called ‘Your Stories’ for other people to read and vote on whether they think it is True or False, which is how it stays emotionally safe.

If there is enough interest I’ll set up a forum page so people can start threads of conversation amongst themselves. Meantime, if you want to you can leave a comment on the ‘My Story’ page or send an email to the address at the bottom of the home page, please do so.

In 201o I came up with a name for artworks that involve some kind of therapeutic aspect to them, but that don’t involve professional therapists: Therapeutic Interpretive Biographies (TIBS). If you’d like to read more about my thoughts on that, please visit the TIBs page for MORE INFO  Otherwise, please take it for what it is… human beings talking to each other… safely, through art, about things we need to share. Please respect each other and yourselves.

Thanks, for reading. Jamie

 

Photo Credits: Banner portrait by Susan Bondor, Home page self portrait by Jamie Griffiths