Story and Belief

by Dr. Karen Thurecht PhD

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 13/10/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 206
ISBN : 9781452525914

About the Book

This book is about story, and our dependence as human beings on belief in stories. Science tells us that every direct experience becomes stored in our brains in the form of story. The moment when a direct experience becomes a thought, it is already part of a story. We build our individual stories throughout our lives within the context of cultural stories; then we cling to our stories as if they were truth itself. We lose sense of our stories as perception. Perception is just another way of saying, “the story I believe in.” We reject the stories of others when they conflict with our own, and we cling to our stories even when they cause us pain. Story and Belief examines the cultural and religious stories that frame our lives, and the ways in which we can reach beyond the layers of story to our inner selves, where it is possible to create new stories that are happier and healthier ones.

About the Author

Karen Thurecht is a medical anthropologist specializing in the health of First Australians, women and the elderly. Currently Karen convenes a program teaching health professionals about First Australian’s Social and Emotional Wellbeing at the Griffith University Medical School in South East Queensland.