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Create positive system change.
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"So the part of self-deception is to retell the stories. We would rather tell stories than actually experience openness, because stories are very vivid and enjoyable." - Chogyam Trungpa

"In the long run, change is as much devotional as it is psychological." - Francis Weller

“The worlds of traumatized persons are fundamentally incommensurable with those of others, the deep chasm in which an anguished sense of estrangement and solitude takes form.” - Robert Stolorow

"Markers of narrative coherence include (a) a clear sense of the beginning, middle, and end of the story; (b) descriptions of the internal subjective experiences of protagonists and antagonists; (c) an explicit understanding of causes or factors that contributed to conflicting emotions, actions, and intentions of self and others; and finally (d) an inner felt sense of resolution wherein the same old story is seen and experienced in a new, often more positive, light that promotes a heightened sense of personal agency, hope, and a willingness to try new actions." - Working with Narrative in Emotion‑focused Therapy, Les Greenberg and Lynne E. Angus

"As Angus and McLeod (2004a) noted, there is a rhythm to storytelling during therapy sessions. Clients often talk first about what “generally” happens—what we call the same old story—which provides an overgeneralized description of problematic interpersonal relationships and patterns." - Working with Narrative in Emotion‑focused Therapy - Les Greenberg and Lynne E. Angus

"In all of these stories, people mistakenly assume that a pattern set long ago, by some other Core Group in some other organization, will be universal. We carry with us the Core Group members who have supported us or rejected us in the past, in a kind of Inner Core Group—and we try (usually unsuccessfully) to recreate the nature of that Inner Core Group in the organizations of the moment. Perhaps this happens because people respond to authority so viscerally, with (as writer Diana Guilbert puts it) 'a mixture of fear and longing, secret fantasies of ecstatic union or deep vengeful resistance.' - Art Kleiner, Who Really Matters

"Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness." - Peter Levine, In An Unspoken Voice

"Mensch kann tun was er will; er kann aber nicht wollen was er will." (One can choose what to do but not what to want.) - Schopenhauer

"She then went on to explain that the primary addictions in the Addictive System are the addictions to powerlessness and nonliving, and that all secondary addictions lead to these two primary addictions…" - Anne Wilson Schaef, When Society Becomes an Addict

"Any encounter with an artwork occurs within a social world, a world vastly larger than a momentary contemplation. It takes place within a network of activities: making, exhibiting, publishing, performing, selling, discussing, viewing, debating, studying, quoting, parodying." - Michael Levenson, Modernism
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