Ten strangers sat in a room, all looking at a black-and-white picture of a smiling baby in a large leather satchel. With sparse instructions about creating the narrative, they soon developed "John's" story.
He's happy. His father put him in the bag to take him to work.... Or the doctor made a house call and the baby climbed in the bag.... Or that's how babies are delivered....
Then someone said, "I have to take a picture of that!"
Ten strangers in a room. In minutes, they were united by story... building on the comments of others, laughing at shared observations.
The discussion that followed included three main questions: What did creating the story do for you? What would it do for a loved one with memory loss? What would it do for the two of you together?
The groups' responses echoed the observations of research scientists (Annie Murphy Paul). On a personal level, creating the story stimulated their minds and brought back memories. It also made them laugh... something that some hadn't done in a while. Creating a story could do the same for their loved ones. It would also help to make meaningful connections and emotional responses so essential to the human experience.
Are you feeling brave enough to experiment with the cognitive and emotional power of story? Visit the following websites to learn more:
"If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten."