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Storytelling



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March 7, 2011 — Storytelling enriches our lives in many ways. The stories we tell one another help us make sense of the world around us and help us give shape to what stirs within us. Dr. Dan Gottlieb and his guests Arthur Frank and Allen Weg look at storytelling as a form of sharing and connecting but also as a vehicle for creating perceptions and action. And Dan tells his own story about a recent fall from his wheel chair which left him with severe injuries: a brain hemorrhage and nerve damage in both arms. He’s doing much better now! Arthur Frank is a professor of sociology at the University of Calgary and the author of Letting Stories Breathe: A Socio-Narratology. Allen Weg is a licensed psychologist and founder and executive director of Stress and Anxiety Services of New Jersey. He’s written OCD Treatment Through Storytelling: A Strategy for Successful Therapy.

Learn about First Person Arts, Philadelphia’s nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming the drama of real life into memoir and documentary art. www.firstpersonarts.org

Photo by Flickr user Ari Frede

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