If spoken words have energy and the ability to heal, what about the written word(s)? Is there a potential healing power in the written narrative? Research is beginning to appear in healthcare literature that says narrative has the power to heal.
In life threatening situations individuals have been known to pray. Afterwards, the individual who has been in a life threatening situation or had a near death experience, or an out-of-body experience, resulting in extreme stress or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and later told their story in narrative form, felt they had been healed via the process of writing.
History and narrative story telling (an example would be a griot) play a vital role in the healing process.The narrative can also help the reader gain a clearer picture of cultural competency, healthcare disparity and health literacy in american cultures and groups.
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