Monthly Archives: April 2015

Lessons on empathy from a medical actor

Empathy is a lot more nuanced and complex than people sometimes assume. There are many theories about what empathy is, what it looks like and how to foster it. BrenĂ© Brown’s work on empathy, including the The Power of Empathy … Continue reading

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Writing and the body: what’s the connection?

In 1667, when philosopher Baruch Spinoza proclaimed “no one has yet determined what the body can do,” he was, perhaps, heralding recent attention to the body in social science, education and therapy practices. The critical issue for these fields is … Continue reading

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‘Listening with our pens’

One of my virtual mentors in the field of narrative medicine is Sayantani DasGupta. I’ve never met her, but her work has shaped my thinking about the critical role of narrative in healthcare. DasGupta is interested in the role of … Continue reading

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Welcome to my blog

This blog is an exploration of narrative approaches to healthcare, social work, teaching and social science inquiry. My name is Karen Gold and I am a social worker, educator, and narrative medicine facilitator. I have been working in healthcare as … Continue reading

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