This is an act in mental health. As you know, the stories that we tell, and that are told to us, can and do have a profound effect on the psyche. Remember, stories are how we make sense of ourselves and the world we live in.
"Story is the essential thing we have. In some ways it’s the only thing we have. Some people who want healing go to a therapist and tell the stories of their lives. Then they see the story differently, shift the pattern, and that is healing for them. In stories you have a shortcut to the world of emotion, a direct path to the mythic and unconscious.” ~ Linda Hogan, Chickasaw Poet and Novelist