Children, trauma and subordinate storyline development


This paper describes recent developments in the use of the ‘absent but implicit’ in narrative therapy. Michael White used the term ‘absent but implicit’ to convey the understanding that in the expression of any experience of life, there is a discernment being made between the expressed experience and other experiences that have already been given meaning and provide a contrasting backdrop which ‘shapes’ the expression being foregrounded. In therapeutic conversations, the concept of the ‘absent but implicit’ can be used to enquire into the stories of self that lie beyond the problem story. As a foundation for appreciating this particular practice, the ways in which narrative therapy supports an exploration of the accounts of life that lie ‘outside of’ the problem story are reviewed

Author: Linda Turner

Coaching and Therapy Currently studying Psychotherapy , Cognitive psychology, Hypnotherapy. Qualified NLP, EMDR and CBT therapist. REIKI Master. I believe in truth, honesty and integrity! ≧◔◡◔≦

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