Stories and Building Resilience


“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside yourself.” — Maya Angelou

We all tell stories. Stories are as old as the humankind. We tell stories to organize and communicate our internal experiences. We tell stories to explain ourselves and by listening to stories, we absorb all manner of cultural attitudes and beliefs that form the fabric of the worlds that we live in — whether it is our familial world, our political world, or the world of medicine.

In this talk, Arlene Chung, MD, one of the creators of Airway: True Stories from the Emergency Department, talks about the philosophical background of storytelling, the structure of stories, health and emotional benefits of storytelling, and ways to get involved today. This talk was originally presented on November 16, 2016 at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City as part of an Inter-System Grand Rounds on Physician Resilience.

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