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Stories as Medicine: Self Acceptance and The Velveteen Rabbit story

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This session the group will explore Williams ‘ story, The Velveteen Rabbit. It may be of interest to those interested in self-acceptance.

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"Words can be strong medicine. Stories can touch our hearts and souls; they can point the way to healing and transformation.

Our own lives are stories that we write from day to day; they are journeys through the dark of the fairy tale woods.

The tales of previous travelers through the woods are passed down to us in the poetic, symbolic language of folklore and myth; where we step, someone has stepped before, and their stories can help light the way." Terri Windling.

Certain archetypal stories can be particularly useful as they can be understood on two levels at once: the conscious and unconscious.

This is an experiential space. The hope for the group experience is not to offer individual interpretation of stories but rather through the group‘s discussion, meeting our reactions, our connection to symbols, imagery and association along the way, we might enable each other to better understand ourselves, each other, our communities and some of the stories we live.

In this session the group will discuss the story of The Velveteen Rabbit By Margery Williams.

A stuffed rabbit sewn from velveteen is given as a Christmas present to a small boy. The boy plays with his other new presents and forgets the velveteen rabbit for a time. These presents are modern and mechanical, and they snub the old-fashioned velveteen rabbit. The wisest and oldest toy in the nursery, the Skin Horse, which was owned by the boy's uncle, tells the rabbit about toys magically becoming real due to love from children. The rabbit is awed by this idea, however his chances of achieving this wish are slight.

One night, the boy's nanny gives the rabbit to the boy to sleep with, in place of a lost toy. The rabbit becomes the boy's favorite toy, enjoying picnics with him in the spring, and the boy regards the rabbit as real. Time passes and the rabbit becomes shabbier, but happy. It meets some real rabbits in the summer, and they learn that the velveteen rabbit cannot hop as they do, and they say that he is not a real rabbit.

One day, the boy comes down with scarlet fever, and the rabbit sits with him as he recovers. The doctor orders that the boy should be taken to the seaside and that his room should be disinfected — all his books and toys burnt, including the velveteen rabbit. The rabbit is bundled into a sack and left out in the garden overnight, where he reflects sadly on his life with his boy. The toy rabbit cries, a real tear drops onto the ground, and a marvelous flower appears. A fairy steps out of the flower and comforts the velveteen rabbit, introducing herself as the Nursery Magic Fairy. She says that, because he has become real to the boy who truly loves him, she will take him away with her and "turn [him] into Real" to everyone.

The fairy takes the rabbit to the forest, where she meets the other rabbits and gives the velveteen rabbit a kiss. The velveteen rabbit changes into a real rabbit and joins the other rabbits in the forest. The next spring, the rabbit returns to look at the boy, and the boy sees a resemblance to his old velveteen rabbit. He ends up enjoying the rabbit out in the wild.

Two important themes identified in the story are of the concept of realness and the concept of love.

The Velveteen Rabbit is particularly effective in stimulating reflection on the multiple issues that relate to self-acceptance - and what happens when our belief that worthiness for love is conditional on our ‘usefulness’ and our usefulness is gate - keeped by comparison being made to others.

At the beginning of the session there will be a brief presentation of the story:

- Context of the Tale and its Author

- Common interpretations

- Symbolism in the Tale

Followed by a reading of part of the tale.

The group will then spend the majority of time sharing reflections, thoughts and associations to the story. Thinking about how elements of it may fit or shed some light on our own lives.

VENUE: Zoom Platform

DATE: Monday 26th July 2021

TIME: 10 am - 12:15.

COST: £35.00 per person, per session

The session will be run by the Clinical Psychologist, Dr Libby Nugent, BSc (Joint Hons), DClinPsy, C Psychol, AFBPs Registered with HPC: PYL18653 and BPS:175854


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Clinical Psychologist. In training to become a Group Analyst.  Founder and CoFacilitator of the Anti Racist Book Club For Psychologists.

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