Be The Hero Of Your Story By Reframing Your Perspective Through Writing with Kim Schneiderman

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Kim Schneiderman gives us powerful guidance for changing our life’s story by stepping out of it and rewriting it. Oftentimes when people are suffering, it’s because they can’t make sense of their unfolding life story. Writing in the third person and making ourselves the hero or heroine of our story will give us surprising insight into the character development that is the goal of every challenge. We can literally re-write a scene with ourselves as the hero. Antagonists, she says, are around to help us build our character. Conflict is an element in almost every story, and it is good for building our emotional muscles. “These challenges that show up in our plot lines are there to help us grow in new ways,” she says. The idea is to transform your tragedies into triumphs simply by choosing to interpret your story in a particular way. By creating emotional and psychological distance, we can see things more clearly. “How you tell your story affects how you feel about your story,” she says. About the challenges we face in our lives, she says “we can reframe those experiences as opportunities to transform your character…I try to help people see themselves as souls playing roles, but not the roles themselves.” (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Kim Schneiderman, LCSW, MSW is a licensed psychotherapist and holds a master of social work degree. She is a workshop facilitator and spiritual essayist who lives and works in New York City. She writes a psychological advice column for the New York, Boston, and Philadelphia Metro daily newspapers.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What is the inner story and the outer story
  • Who is the omniscient narrator
  • How becoming the hero of your story can change your perspective
  • What roles do we play in our story
  • Why is it important not to become attached to a role
  • Why she suggests writing two versions of the same story
  • How can telling our story help to relieve our suffering
  • Why is it important to recognize and identify our vulnerabilities
  • How does changing your narrative help you develop your character

Host: Justine Willis Toms      Interview Date: 8/3/2015      Program Number: 3553

Music Playlist

From Album: Awakening The Fire
Artist: R. Carlos Nakai & Will Clipman
2013 Canyon Records #CR-7108

Opening Essay: Track 05 Portal
Music Break 1: Track 04 First Morning
Music Break 2: Track 06 Shaman’s Trance
Music Break 3: Track 10 Convergence