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Psychodynamic Dialogue: Telling Our Stories
Psychodynamic dialogue: Telling our stories

Psychodynamic dialogue is, most of all, about telling our stories. When people are in difficult conversations, talking about issues that strongly divide us, the exercise of storytelling can help further the relationship-building process. Most people enjoy talking about themselves and will willingly tell stories about their past experiences. The sharing of such stories can help shift focus from ideological differences about such subjects as religion and politics. As we better understand other people, especially “where they are coming from,” we seem to often become more willing to try to understand their ideologies, beliefs, and feelings.

Psychodynamic dialogue can also help participants better understand and accept themselves. As I explore my own personal story, I start to gain ...

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