Narrative As Technology
Module 3: The Uses of Fairy Tale
For Students

As you work on this unit, try to think about what the title of this series of course modules mean: how is narrative a technology? Does it affect what one thinks, says, or feels? A person feels differently when he or she has been snubbed if imagining that the snub is part of the Cinderella tale than if imagining that it is part of a tragedy, that he or she is doomed. The premise behind cognitive therapy is to change the stories we habitually tell ourselves about our own lives. As you work with the Narrative Learning Tool, try imagining telling a story one way, but then using the same facts to tell it another way completely, to give it all a different spin.