How do we transform “a series of events” into a meaningful and coherent story for ourselves, our families and our communities? Collective storytelling and memory are a particularly rich part of the Jewish tradition, but are of central importance in many other religious and cultural traditions as well. Our group stories can help us establish or revise social norms, and are central in long-term processing of trauma. In particular, how will we and our children remember these pandemic conditions that have stretched, contracted and distorted our perception of time?
Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at Emory University. She is well known for her research on the parent-child narrative and the development of autobiographical memory.
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