What is TNM?
The Narrative Method is an award-winning approach to building meaningful human connections by helping individuals reframe how they see themselves and others through the process of sharing stories. TNM programs and products are designed to peel away participants' negative or false beliefs imposed by cultural and social influences to help them rebuild their understanding of themselves and the world.
The Core Concepts of The Narrative Method Approach
The humanistic practice of relating compassionately to build deeper understanding.
Embracing awareness, wonder
and empathy to honor differences and help you see the world through someone else’s perspective.
THE CULT OF CULTURE
The negative messages and noise that confuse and shame us into disregarding ourselves and conforming to groupthink.
WHO YOU REALLY ARE
Discovering who you are, separate from the things that have happened to you.
Recognizing a multitude of perspectives to discover new possibilities.
Awareness of life’s marvels and recognizing the infinite gifts that you have been given.
FLOWERS & TEARS
The transformative power of compassionate apology as an act of humility without expectation.
Shining light on unexamined beliefs.
Replacing false beliefs with new information.
SOUNDS & SIGNALS
The elements of communication, including words, sounds, body language and facial expressions that shape meaning.
The experience of creative dreaming, as a respite or to reimagine your life.
Creating small shifts in thinking or action that initiate change.
Meet Our Founder Shari Foos
Shari Foos is a Marriage and Family Therapist and the creator of The Narrative Method. Part of the Human Connection Movement, TNM creates programs, products and experiences that use stories to deeply connect people to themselves and others. Foos also co-founded Bridge, (1999), a free university program in the humanities for low-income adults. She received a MS in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University and a MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles, where she is an adjunct professor.
As a sought-after expert on the subjects of relationships and meaningful connection, Foos’ writing and commentary have appeared in a range of online and print publications, including Real Simple, Huffington Post, Women’s Health, KBLA, Fatherly, Thrive Global, Shondaland, The LA Weekly, Sparks & Honey Culture Briefings and Bustle. Ms. Foos serves on the board of the City Kids Foundation and is the recipient of the New Directions for Veterans Community Hero Award (2015) and The Antioch University Los Angeles Lifetime Achievement Award (2016).
Articles By or Featuring Shari:
The Signs Your Heart Isn't In The Relationship
Radio & Podcast Appearances:
"The Narrative Method inspired our staff and opened us up to new ways of seeing ourselves and each other. It was riveting."
~ Tony LoRe, Founder/CEO
Youth Mentoring Connection
"The Narrative Method is highly innovative and remarkably applicable across multiple sectors. It brings an entirely new methodology in fostering significantly improved communications, teamwork, and morale. The results are both immediate and striking."
– Adlai Wertman, Founding Director,
Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab, USC Marshall School of Business
"I really didn't expect to enjoy this so much, but it was really nice to just talk to other people about things other than class or work."
~ TNM Student Participant,
“It’s rare to have conversations about something other than TV or movies or pop culture, I think I sort of forgot how to talk about myself as a person. Realizing that one thing alone made TNM worthwhile for me.”
- TNM Research Subject