The doors of therapeutic perception and possibility have been opened wide by the recognition that we are actively constructing our mental realities rather than simply uncovering or coping with an objective "truth." What makes us most human is not our opposable thumbs nor our use of

tools but, rather, our capacity to conceive a future, recall a past, construct meaning, and make choices. How we choose to conceive and pattern the present, the past, and the future-the stories we tell ourselves-profoundly influences our course .