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Sharon Lippincott

Judging by comments on memoir-related blogs I read, at least some people do gain feelings of hope and validation from reading the experiences of others. For my own part, I've identified more strongly with some other characters in the story than the main one and changed my perspective a bit ... though I'm unable to cite specifics.

Perhaps part of the popularity of memoir is that the people in memoir are "real," giving them additional poignancy and impact.

Case studies? I always thought of them sort of like math problems -- something to prepare me for addressing similar situations in real time. Did they? Dunno. Never had a time when I realized the equivalent of "this is an algebra problem"

StephanieWestAllen

Hi, Sharon. Glad you stopped by!


I almost added that I knew people would respond with anecdotal proof that stories teach. I am looking for some specific factors that can help to make the stories more likely to move people to change. I need to go back and reread GETTING INSIDE by Zunshine and another book, the title of which is escaping me right now. I will add the title here when I think of it. Suggest any others?


Thanks for commenting. I always like having you here.

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