Asked&Answered: Jody Koenig Kellas
UNL communication professor Jody Koenig Kellas talks about the importance of communication research and why storytelling can help us through crisis.
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- [00:00:08.100]Communication is the lifeblood of our world.
- [00:00:10.640]It is present in every moment of every day.
- [00:00:14.500]It is what constructs our realities.
- [00:00:16.590]And so the thing that drives my research, my teaching,
- [00:00:20.251]my philosophy of life,
- [00:00:23.900]is that the quality of our communication
- [00:00:25.530]is linked to the quality of our lives.
- [00:00:31.040]One of the primary functions of storytelling
- [00:00:33.670]is coping and sense-making.
- [00:00:35.620]So when life is really messy and chaotic,
- [00:00:38.450]we map narrative features onto that messiness
- [00:00:43.120]in order to help make it coherent and make sense.
- [00:00:46.550]So, one of the things that we can do
- [00:00:48.080]when we're in the midst of difficulty
- [00:00:49.450]like serious illness,
- [00:00:50.900]is narrate our experience,
- [00:00:52.900]both to connect with other people, to cope,
- [00:00:54.990]to seek social support.
- [00:01:01.185]I love the fact that I know that what I'm teaching
- [00:01:04.990]when I'm teaching interpersonal family
- [00:01:06.550]or health communication,
- [00:01:08.010]is going to have a significant
- [00:01:10.990]and lasting impact
- [00:01:12.220]on the quality of my students' lives.
- [00:01:14.550]That makes teaching so meaningful to me.
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